Cheese Musings & Tips


Whin Yeats Fellstone Cheese

An interview with Tom & Clare Noblet of Whin Yeats Dairy (Fellstone Cheese)

Farmer and cheese-makers, Tom and Clare Noblet make Fellstone cheese on their farm near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. Andy interviewed them to find out what makes these fantastic cheese-makers tick….

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Salt Cheese Flavour Preservative Reduce Low

Why is salt added as an ingredient when making cheese? Well, it’s not just for flavour!

Salt is very important in cheesemaking, for as well as helping add to the flavour of cheese, it also controls the bacteria that grow inside the cheese, helps with texture…

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Difference Between Single and Double Gloucester

What is the difference between Single and Double Gloucester?

There are many opinions and different views on what makes a true Single or Double Gloucester and how they vary as cheeses. The height, the weight, the richness, the age…

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Complete list of cheeses stocked at The Courtyard Dairy

Listed below are all the cheeses normally available from The Courtyard Dairy cheese shop.  Other ‘guest’ cheeses are occasionally available that may not appear online – please phone Andy on…

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Crunchy Crystals in Cheese

What are the crunchy crystals found in hard cheese?

Well, if you thought it was table salt, you’d be wrong! We do know what causes the crystalline white deposits found within hard cheeses. It isn’t common salt, and in…

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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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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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Grass fed cheese, meat and dairy – What is it and who does it?

Take a glance at many supermarket cheese or milk labels and you’ll often see a picture of a happy cow in a field. The reality is very different, however, because…

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Cheese gifts for Father’s Day

Here are Kathy’s and Andy’s favourite cheese gifts and gift selections for this coming Father’s Day.

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