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Old 03-19-2009, 01:31 AM   #11
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Even raising goats and cows isn't very economical unless you go large scale when you factor in the cost of feed, vet bills, labor, housing etc... that is why good cheese can cost more than $8-10 a lb.

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Old 03-19-2009, 01:33 AM   #12
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I'd be perfectly happy paying $8-10/lb for good cheese. Many times it costs $25-40/lb for nice cheeses. But I don't make those kinds, I just stick to fresh ones that are easy.

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Old 03-19-2009, 01:44 AM   #13
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$25 to $40 a pound? It better sing and dance and leave me with a warm tingly feeling the next morning for that price...

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Old 04-01-2009, 04:24 AM   #14
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The $24-40 per lb stuff is also sold by the 1-5oz kind of packages. My father often enjoys some bleu that is $35/lb and its not like he spent $35 but he also isn't letting just anyone try it unless they know they're gonna like it haha.

I have been looking to get into cheese making myself. Been reading up on it and plan to do some beginner cheeses this summer and move into bleu, I found some very good tutorials on the processes online.

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:08 AM   #15
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My husband loves the ricotta- I make it from the whey leftover from the other cheeses, and he likes it creamy and puts it on his morning whole wheat toast. It's kind of like a cream cheese, the way I make it.
You can also use much less salt than what's in commercial cheeses, and add herbs and seasonings as you make it, too.

Tonight I'm having some garlic ricotta on triscuits from ricotta made yesterday.
My god yooperbrew... that sounds amazing.
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:42 PM   #16
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I made mozz yesterday for about $2.50/lb. It can be more economical.

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:17 AM   #17
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I found this site the other day: Cheese Making for Beginners

I'll be buying a pack of rennet tomorrow to make a small batch of mozzarella following his recipe here: My Documents\media files\www\cheese\mozzarella_joyces

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:05 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone for the good info... I am a mozzarella snob, and only use whole-milk: not the crap skim stuff found at the supermegalowmart. I may have to try some homemade mozzarella!

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Old 04-08-2009, 05:30 AM   #19
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Here's where I got most of my stuff: Cheese Making Books

The bottom recipe is how I make my feta: Cheesemaking Recipes for Semi Hard Cheese
My wife LOVES fetsa; if she sees this post I will have more work around the house to do....
But I do love cooking and I think I may try this soon myself anyway.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:20 PM   #20
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A hobby...a delicious, delicious, hobby. Although, we get milk when it's on manager special at the grocery, when it's $1.50 to $2.00 a gallon, and it still makes some tasty cheese. Granted haven't tried it with fresh raw milk yet...

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