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Old 11-09-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default What sort of equipment does a newbie need?

I'm thinking about giving this a go (in particular the yummy looking farmhouse cheddar above). Any advice about what to buy and where (Amazon?)

Also, is it possible/advisable to make rectangular blocks of cheese?

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Old 11-10-2012, 03:09 AM   #2
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I aint started yet, but have seen moulds in many shapes. So says round is preferred because it's a good shape to distribute the weight from the press.

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Old 11-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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Looks like a pot, a term, and a press. Other than that, doesn't look like much.

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You also need those little pieces of cellophane to wrap your slices in.

I saw a ss cheese pot at the hardware store for $85. It was like a mini brew pot. Uh. I don't think so.

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I'm gonna wax my cheese.

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To make it go faster?

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Midwest Supplies sells beginners cheese making kits. I've been eyeing them up for the better part of a year now.

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Advanced Cheese Kit looks good. I may be able to piece some of that together from the kitchenware isle or second hand stores, but for a kit...

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I have seen nice stainless containers that could be used as a mold at the good will for a few dollars. I am going to pick one up the next time I see one. Plans for a press are everywhere on the internet if you look.

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I just went mostly a la cart at Austin Homebrew Supply.

1 x Basic Hard Cheese Kit (comes with a basket looking mold, cheese cloth, thermometer and various ingredients)
1 x Hard Cheese Mold (800 g) (looks like a pail with holes in it)
1 x Red Cheese Wax
1 x Lipase (Mild)
1 x Stainless Steel Ladle for Cheese Skimming
1 x Cheese Salt - Amount: 4 oz
1 x Curd Knife / Spatula
1 x Lipase (Sharp)
1 x Citric Acid - Amount: 2 oz

$86 shipped

I made a cheese press for next to nothing and have a pot to cook in already. I think this is a good start.

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