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psykobillys 04-28-2009 12:58 AM

how to make cheese molds
 
does anyone have any instructions on how to make cheese molds?

Kittyfeet 04-28-2009 01:42 AM

If you want to make soft cheese like Chevre(sp?) or brie, you can use the large containers yogurt comes in. Just poke a bunch of holes on the bottoms and sides so the liquid can drain.

I've had a few containers for a while, but I haven't gotten around to trying the idea out. I tried to find the page where I first read about it, but I couldn't find it. I did find this page, tho. It has lots of pics, including one of curds that spent some time in a mold made of an old yogurt container.

And if you don't have any cheesecloth (which I don't), a regular (cleaned and sanitized) dishcloth works just fine...

jgln 04-29-2009 06:02 PM

Stick in the fridge, stick it in the fridge......then wait a month or two.

Seriously, I have no idea.

Homercidal 04-30-2009 05:21 PM

You might find some plans online. I've looked before, and may consider building my own if I ever get around to making cheese, but there are also some fairly cheap ones that you can buy. Saves some time and effort in building.

Also, a friend of mine has one so I might see if he will dig it up out of his basement and let me borrow it. I would love to make some hard cheeses.

archroy 05-18-2009 01:31 AM

You can use white pvc pipe to make the hoop then cut a circle out of an old cutting board or something for the follower. Drill some small holes in the pipe for whey to drain out and it works pretty well. That's what I did, just make sure the pvc is potable water grade and not for sewers systems.

-Archroy

Yooper 05-18-2009 01:35 AM

I used some old Briess' LME containers. Washed and sanitized, with the ends cut off, and a cool whip container lid for a follower.

I've also used a bigger can, from chili, with both ends cut off. You don't want to use any reactive materials, though, so make sure the metal molds are very short term.

Homercidal 07-20-2009 03:18 PM

Is PVC safe? I'd like to build a simple weighted press and PVC would be easy (I could use a piece of old sewer pipe!) and cheap. The press plate could be some plastic I can get at work as a cut-off. Couple of pieces of SS and some screws and all-thread and I'm done!

HSM 09-12-2009 05:49 PM

PVC is not safe. The acid in the cheese will bring new and unwanted flavors.

I made a cheese mold from a round, squat, tupperware bowl. Drilled many many holes and then cut a follower from a piece of oak that I had. Also cut a base so the tupperware bowl is sandwitched between 2 pieces of wood. Cheese cloth goes in and then the curds.

I don't have a press, but use a large "C" clamp to press the cheese in the mold. Not knowing the exact pressure I just guess. Apply enough at the start to see some whey draining and then give it a few turns daily.


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