I've been searching for a group of cheese makers on Ooooby but no joy. Can anyone recommend a website with making instructions and/or cultures for sale for e.g. camembert, brie etc?
You are quite right! I've just started a cheese group.
I'd love to talk about cheese. I've been making cheese for some time now and now teaching classes in the Auckland area. I will post them on the events. I also sell some cultures and equipment.
OOh Lisa, that sounds wonderful!
I will have access in July to raw milk again, and would love to make my own cheeses and butters.
Please let us know when and where!
Here is a good site for recipes, advice and equipment http://curd-nerd.com/how-to-label-waxed-cheese/ Mad Millies http://www.madmillie.com/store/nz sell cultures and also kits. If you haven't made cheese before you should probably start with something a bit easier than Brie - panir, haloumi, feta or mozzarella. Mad Millies recommend Brie for an intermediate to advanced cheesemaker as the temperature and humidity are crucial in getting the characteristic mold to grow . I have made feta sucessfully a number of times but my one try at Brie was a disaster.
I have been thinking of making cheese too. I have found cheese 'kits' at Bin Inn. There's more than one, depending on which cheese/s you want to make, and the instructions are with them. I haven't started as I would personally prefer to watch someone/have someone teach me - I'm a hands on/watchy kinda person lol. Such a shame I'm not in Auckland, I would go learn from Lisa!
Buying a kit is a very expensive way to get started. The only piece of equipment you can't do with out is a food thermometer as getting the temperature correct is important when making different kinds.
Cheese presses are easy to make, anything else you will probably already have in your kitchen.
You could start with paneer which doesn't even need a starter culture.
If you go to the brewing shop at the top of mount eden road. I have bought some cheese making equipment from there. very basic and I'm not sure specifically about camembert but it's a place to start.
Sorry for the self promotion but as moggy said you can get by with a lot of existing kitchen equipment but if you do need to buy things there are people around to buy directly from somone like Me! and get the help and personal touch!
I have also just posted my cheese making classes for Auckland, love to visit New Plymouth would anyone want a class down there?
Hey, thanks for all the advice and info everyone! Lisa, there are a couple of cheese making courses down here, one by a local and one an AK tutor (someone Mobray) that comes down every now and then.
where abouts are you? I know someone in Oxford who does courses, I highly recommend her.