Cambray Sheep Cheese fills in the seasonal gaps of their production cycle by teaching the art of cheesemaking to eager beginners. Trevor Hay of The West Australian sits in on a class and reports back on his experience.
Before long we are scooping the curds into the moulds. Because the focus is on home cheese-making Jane points out that we don't need fancy equipment. Our brie moulds are rounds of PVC drainage pipe and later we strain our feta through Chux cloths placed in desk tidy trays. The process for the feta is similar to that for the brie, but using different cultures and moulds. Once this is settled we have to turn the brie.
Sue Riedl of The Globe and Mail takes us on a mouth-watering tour of familiar New York City cheese haunts. Follow her everywhere from Lucy's Whey to Union Greenmarket to Beecher's Handmade Cheese and more!
Walking off some of the fondue, we found ourselves in the Flatiron District, where we sidestepped the smorgasbord of Mario Batali’s Eataly and the temptation of Shake Shack in favour of the nearby Beecher’s Handmade Cheese store. I bought a serving of Flagsheep – Beecher’s firm, aged ewe’s milk cheese – while my husband munched on squeaky cheese curd and watched more being made through a window onto the production area. For an early-evening nibble, head downstairs to share a cheese plate and sip wine alongside the working cheese cellar where Beecher’s Flatiron Cheese (exclusive to New York) is ripened.
When he's not making cheese, and not making jokes about making cheese, George works with brothers Charles, Tom and Mark on the farm, making sure all aspects of the 2,000 acre operation are running smoothly. In 2008, the family installed an anaerobic digester to break down cow manure in a process that ultimately produces methane gas. The gas is then burned similar to natural gas, thus generating clean, renewable energy for the farm and nearby community.
Oklahoma State University monitored milk production among cows that were being milked under LED versus fluorescent lights. The study was originally started because farmers and researchers wanted to make sure that cows were unaffected by the change. The results were surprising, however - the cows actually produced 6% more milk than under the original lights.
One theory: LED lights reduce stress, making for more contented and productive cows.
The results astounded the study’s authors and those backing the research, including the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
They were expecting further insights into the lights’ energy savings and how they performed overall, including their durability on a working farm. Milk production was being tracked because of concerns the LED lights could harm the animals by, for instance, interfering with their feeding. A drop in milk production would signal a problem.
According to a recent segment on the Today Show, cheese has moved from the "forbidden" foods category (because it's high in fat) to the "foods you should be eating" category. Sarah-Jane Bedwell, a blogger for Self magazine who was reporting on the segment, claims that cheese is chock full of calcium, and without calcium our bodies release a hormone that contributes to belly fat.
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Vermeer, a low-fat Gouda-style cheese, and this year's World Champion Cheese Contest winner recently sold at auction for the whopping price of $8,400 per wheel. That's $350 dollars per pound! That sounds like a record-breaker, but other cheeses have gone for more:
While $350 might sound like a lot to spend on a pound of cheese, it's only half of what one of last year's gold-medal winners, a peppercorn cheddar, sold for at auction, said Jane Cisler, the marketing coordinator of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
The Vermeer wasn't even the most expensive cheese sold at this year's auction. A 32-pound set of three gold-medal cheeses produced by Decatur Dairy Inc. in Brodhead went for $500 per pound, or a total of $16,000.
The International Biscuit Festival celebrates one of the most perfect foods. Yes, you guessed it, the biscuit. This year the event boasts live music, plenty to taste, a biscuit bake off, and a celebration of Southern culture. The festival takes place May 16-19, 2012 in Knoxville, TN.
“For the past two years, the International Biscuit Festival has created an experience in Knoxville that is authentic and fun,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation. “The Festival brings together biscuit makers, artists, musicians, vendors, and thousands of attendees to downtown to enjoy southern culture and home cooking. The event offers fun and exciting activities, and highlights Knoxville’s authentic culture throughout the weekend.”
Brad Johnson of the Salisbury Post takes on two popular livestock myths: "Do cow lie down when it rains?" and "Do goats eat tin cans?" Spoiler alert: The answer to both questions is "No," but Johnson does some research for us and explains his reasoning.
In the past two years, farmers markets have returned to the Czech city of Prague and have been very popular with residents. There are now 26 weekly markets throughout the city. Jiří Sedláček is an organizer of three such markets. He was inspired by a trip to Switzerland where he saw successful local farmers markets in action.