Cheesepalooza: Home Cheesemaking Challenges Keep Makers Busy
Cheesepalooza is a yearlong series of home cheesemaking challenges started in Alberta, Canada by a group of cheese lovers who have pledged to make a different type of cheese every month of the year. Mary Karlin's book Artisan Cheese Making at Home is the group's guide. The Edmonton Journal has the story:
Though it sounds like it could be an intimidating project, Treuer emphasizes that wannabe cheesemongers can set themselves up with sup-plies they probably already have at home, supplemented with a few items from the dollar store. Another $50 worth of food supplies will get you started.
Not only is making cheese fun, says Treuer, it is also a good teacher, providing instruction in the gentle art of patience. Over the three years that he's been researching homemade cheese, the 39-year-old father of two has moved from producing his first Gouda, with the texture of a "rubber puck" to making his own artisanal cheeses, with romantic names like Caerphilly (similar to a Welsh cheddar).