SAY CHEESE

I had a day off on Wednesday and went to a cheese making course at the Weald and Downland museum, our tutor for the day was Ruth Goodman her off t’ telly. She was a very good teacher and used three books of accounts of dairying from 1600’s to 1913, the change in those centuries was remarkably little, except that men had taken over by 1913 and the herds had grown in number, It’s really since  ww11 that the change has happened. Unfortunately you can’t fall in love with a computer as you could with a dairymaid.

 

My bowls in use,skimming off the whey from the curds

My bowls in use,skimming off the whey from the curds

It was surprising how much kit was used in the way of bowls dishes etc and how some things were missing from the kitchen, I will make some more of everything and bigger.

The juice of cleavers was used instead of rennet, there was no set at all

The juice of cleavers was used instead of rennet, there was no set at all

We used supermarket rennet, which wasn’t that good, but being a vegetarian I wasn’t about to slaughter a calf for it’s stomach. Back in history this was a big sacrifice if you had a small herd, cheese was the only way of preserving milk, no freezers in them days. Milk was also seasonal the cows were left to go dry in the winter.

 

Curds in the cheese mould,the whey was white a sign of non setting.good rennet is the key to good cheese

Curds in the cheese mould,the whey was white a sign of non setting.good rennet is the key to good cheese

A very enjoyable day, next time I buy a lump of cheese from a small maker I will know how much hard work and skill went into making it.

 

 

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About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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