Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Local Cheese Making Courses

Hi Members and Friends,

Great news for those who expressed interest in cheese making courses.  There will be two courses held at the Melton South Community Centre in November 2009.  Here are the details from the Melton Shire Learning Directory Term 4:

Cheese Making - Basic Class

Make your choice of either Wensleydale, Feta, Haloumi, Parmesan or Cheddar. You can then add your own spices and flavours to personalise you cheese.
Date: Sunday 8 November 2009 from 10.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: $55.00 includes lunch
Contact:    Melton South Community Centre

Cheese Making - Mould Course
Choose from Brie, Camembert, Blue Vein or Stilton. These soft cheeses have the addition of either white or blue mould and have a slightly different preparation technique.
Date:    Sunday 15 November 2009 from 10.00am - 3.00pm
Cost:    $65.00 includes lunch
Contact: Melton South Community Centre

To book call the community centre direct during business hours.
Melton South Community Centre Inc
26 Exford Rd, Melton South
97478576

Be quick as these courses fill up fast.  I have previously attended both courses and found them fun and stimulating.  As most of the members know, I went on to make many cheeses and it is now one of my main hobbies.



To read about the cheese making courses I attended, have a read of "Homemade Feta, or Gromit I Found the Cheese!" which describes my experiance at the basic cheese course, and "Stilton, or I Got The Stinky Blues!", which describes the mould course.  Like I said, I had a ball and the instructors were knowledgable and helpful during both days.

I hope that you find the time to give it a go.  Artisan cheese making was a skill that until a few years ago that was nearly dead in this country.  There has been a big resurgence of late to relearn these disappearing arts, so lets help revive it further.  Wouldn't it be great to have a MSLG meeting next year just to sample home made produce and cheese?  You can't get much more sustainable by making your own cheese, other than owning your own cow or goat that is!

Gavin



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