Suzanne McMinn is One for One in the Big Challenge!
She did it! So, now she’s closer to her goal to become a GREAT home cheesemaker. Suzanne documented her experience in the article below. This article and her giveaways (chosen by random from the comments) may be found at her wonderful website, “Chickens in the Road.”
Jim Wallace, our technical advisor, took a look at Suzanne’s cheese the first time she made it to see if she was on the right track. He had a few words of advice:
I took a look at Suzanne’s post and there is a slight problem with the curd being too dry. This may be due to excessive stirring speed/time or it could be caused by higher temperatures if her thermometer is not reading well.
OR another reason could be that the curd is fine but there was just not enough weight or time in the press. Either of these will cause this problem. Drier curds need more weight and/or sometimes more time in the press.
Suzanne revised her press and, as you can see in the picture, this resulted in a smoother cheese. Now, it’s on to the next one, so stay tuned . . .