Includes more than 35 step-by-step recipes from the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated, and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives, and expensive cheesemaking equipment. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese, one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. T.
Including more than 35 step-by-step recipes from the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated, and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives, and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them: • How to source good milk, including raw milk; • How to keep their own bacterial starter cultures and fungal ripening cultures; • How make their own rennet—and how to make good cheese without it; • How to avoid the use of plastic equipment and chemical additives; and • How to use appropriate technologies. Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools, and the cheese cave. The fourteen chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with hand-drawn diagrams and triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion. The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GMO technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it. This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.
"Do you love cheese? Have you ever dreamed about making your own chesse at home? Are you concerned about the ingredients in store-bought cheese, like genetically modified foods, hormones, and preservatives? I have great news for you! You can make cheese at home! Cheese is one the easiest foods to prepare. Although it may take some days to prepare, you only need a few hours of active work. Most importantly, you can preserve your cheese for weeks, if not months. It falls on the top of the list for foods you should try making at home, even for those who hate cooking. In this book, I will share you with over 20 unique cheese recipes that you can make right in your own kitchen. I will all tell you more than you probably would ever want to know about cheese. I know there are many options for ready-made cheese in the market, but doesn't it feel good just to make your cheese? Making cheese at home is primarliy about your pride. It gives you a felling of satisfaction, just being in a position to make food for your family." -- Back Cover.
The widely used previous edition has been brought fully up-to-date by authors with a worldwide reputation for excellence. From the basic descriptions of "how to" complete each stage of the process, right through to the details of the causes & remediation of faults, this book covers all the areas required by the professional cheesemaker, including raw materials; separation; texturing & draining equipment; molding machinery & presses; & other types of equipment & packaging machinery. This highly practical book is written specifically for those involved with commercial cheesemaking - either directly or as ingredient or equipment suppliers.