Cheese Musings & Tips


Cheese Wedding Cakes – how do you choose the right one for you?

For those of you wanting to buy a cheese wedding cake to help you celebrate your special day, you’ll want to choose cheeses that are important to you and are…

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The history of heart shaped cheese – St. Valentine’s and Neufchatel cheese

Contrary to popular belief, heart-shaped cheeses are not a recent invention for the Valentine’s Day bandwagon, but originated over 500 years ago. 

To read the story of heart-shaped cheeses, click below….

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Running a cheese-shop … for dummies. (4/4)

Part four –  the first few weeks..

Part four of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (3/4)

Part three – chilling it down.

Part three of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created. Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (2/4)

Part two – getting it open.

Part two of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Opening a cheese-shop … for dummies. (1/4)

Part One – choosing the right place for a cheese shop.

Part one of the four-part series on how The Courtyard Dairy was created.  Click below to read more….

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Rennet: what is the difference between vegetarian and animal rennet?

Rennet is essential in cheesemaking, but with more and more vegetarian cheeses on the market how does vegetarian rennet fit in?  And how is it different from ‘traditional rennet’?  Does it affect the flavour?…

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Historical cheesemaking: Dora Saker, the Ministry of Agriculture & my Great Gran

Getting my hands-upon a frayed ancient cheesemaking book by Dora Saker was the start of my investigations into ancient cheesemaking techniques…

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Gloucester cheese rolling – my experience

Every Spring Bank Holiday the most important event in any cheese-enthusiasts calendar takes place…. Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling. When mad men (and women) chase after a 9lb cheese chucked down the…

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