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Hafod Cheese Nick Millard

Farming at Hafod Cheese – a year in review, as told by herdsman Nick Millard

The farm began 2017 under a substantial cloud of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB). Unfortunately we had a quite terrible test result just before Christmas 2016 and were counting down the days…

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Natural Cheese-making

Natural cheese-making and making your own lactic acid ‘starter culture’: is it the panacea of farmhouse cheese-making?

What is natural cheese-making? Natural cheese-making essentially involves cheese-makers making their own starter cultures rather than buying-in commercial starter cultures to make cheese.  But it is difficult to do, and…

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Starter Culture Added To Cheese

What is starter culture for cheese and what does it do?

The term ‘starter culture’ is used to describe bacteria specially grown to ‘start’ the transformation of milk into cheese. A starter culture is used in the making of the vast…

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Barry Graham Loch Arthur Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 4: Barry Graham on the revival of British Farmhouse cheeses

An in-depth video interview with Barry Graham, who was at the forefront of the raw-cheese British cheese-making revival in the 1980’s. Starting with just four Ayrshire cows and a parcel…

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Barry Graham Loch Athur Cheese

Barry Graham of Loch Arthur – one of the pioneers of the British Cheese revival

Farmhouse British cheese has seen an enormous revival in recent years with brand new Bries, blues and brilliant bloomy goats’ cheeses. But things were not always thus; for many years…

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Martin Gott St James Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 3: Martin Gott on ‘Natural’ Cheesemaking

An in-depth video interview with Martin Gott, maker of St James Cheese and one of Britain’s foremost cheese-makers. In this 50-minute podcast, Andy & Kathy of The Courtyard Dairy chat…

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Low Riggs Farm - Stonebeck Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 2: Andrew Hattan on Upland Farming in The Dales

Andrew Hattan, of Low Riggs Farm in Nidderdale, who makes Stonebeck Cheese talks to Andy of The Courtyard Dairy.  In this hour-long podcast and video Andrew talks on his experiences…

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Graham Kirkham Lancashire Cheese

Cheese Chats Episode 1: Graham Kirkham on Tradition

Graham Kirkham talks about what tradition means to him and for his farm in this 50-minute podcast or video. This interview with Andy & Kathy explores British farmhouse cheese in…

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Sinodun Hill Goats Cheese Recipe

Sinodun Hill with roast vegetables

Cheese-maker Fraser Norton of ‘Norton & Yarrow’ a favourite way to cook her Sinodun Hill goats’ cheese: Ingredients 1 Sinodun Hill goats’ cheese cut into 1-2cm chunks Vegetables e.g. red…

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Sinodun Hill Goats Cheese Tartlet Recipe

Caramelised onion and Sinodun Hill tartlets – cheesemaker Norton & Yarrow’s recipe

Cheese-maker Rachel Yarrow of ‘Norton & Yarrow’ a favourite way to cook her Sinodun Hill goats’ cheese: “I often cook this at home!” Ingredients 1 Sinodun Hill goats’ cheese, cut…

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Award Cheese Local Food

‘Local Food & Drink Champion’ in The Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars.

The Courtyard Dairy has been crowned ‘Local Food & Drink Champion’ for The North of England in The Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars. The Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars are an annual…

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Hebden Goat Anglo Nubian Goats

Hebden Goat – a video visit to the farm

Gillian and Tim Clough farm a small herd of 10 Anglo Nubian goats in Hebden Bridge (England). Gillian hand-milks the goats every day before using it to make Hebden Goats&#8217…

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