Cheesemaking Classes & Cheese Making Supplies
FOOD - FUN - CHEESE - YOU!
with Merryl Winstein, cheesemaker. St. Louis, Missouri; Springfield, Illinois; and other locations, USA
I'm back from studying cheesemaking in Denmark all summer, 2014. Sign up for my mailing list on this site to keep updated about class dates and news.
FALL 2014 I will teach just one weekend class:
SAT NOV 15 and SUN NOV 16, 2014
choose one day or both.
SATURDAYS - Fall 2014:
Basic hard-pressed cheese (French Tomme, mild, flavorful, exactly like those I ate in Paris).
Traditional cloth-bound cheddar
SUNDAYS - Fall 2014:
Traditional Mozzarella (not the quickie citric acid type)
PRICE: $185 one day, one person. Save $10, sign up for both days for $360
LOCATION: suburban St. Louis, Missouri USA, near Highway 40 at Brentwood Blvd 63144 (Near Galleria or Whole Foods Brentwood)
ALL DAY CHEESEMAKING
by Robert Russell, South Carolina
I had never taken a cheesemaking class before signing up for one of Merryl Winstein's weekend marathons: two days of nothing but cheese. I have, however, attended workshops in other fields I knew little or nothing about. Frequently it has turned out to be the case that the so-called 'experts' running the workshops knew very little about what they were trying to pass on. I wanted to avoid this disappointment in learning about cheese.
I am happy to say that I was successful. Merryl introduced a roomful of us to the mysteries and intricacies of calcium, lactic acid, pH levels and a whole host of other necessary elements of the art of cheesemaking. I say the 'art' purposely too, for with Merryl cheesemaking is not ultimately a chemistry experiment but rather something that brings into play all the senses: smell, touch, sight -- even sound (when the curds squeak) -- and, of course, speech, since there was a lively and constant flow of explanation and anecdote coming from her.
Because there is plenty of sitting around time with cheesemaking, there was ample time to talk: for us students to ask questions, and for Merryl to question us to make sure we were understanding what was going on. This is not to say that we spent a lot of time sitting around. The schedule for the weekend was ambitious, and we were constantly shifting from one cheese to another: starting a cheddar, draining a chevre, molding a tomme, making ricotta. Our heads were spinning by the end of the first day, but the booklet she provided to all the students allowed us to straighten things out in our own minds, on our own time. Her insistence that we participants actually participate was invaluable. We stirrred, cut curds, squeezed them, pulled them apart, tasted them, packed them. And we ate cheese. We learned much of how cheese is made (with constant recourse to the pH meter), and why one thing leads to another, but we also learned that good cheesemaking finally comes down to knowing just when to move on to the next step. This is the art of the expert. It can make a beginner despair if not demonstrated in the proper way. There was no despair at the end of the day.
Back in the 14th century when the Gothic cathedral in Milan was under construction there were serious disagreements about how to proceed. A French builder was brought in as a consultant by the Milanese and he summed up the problems with the statement 'ars sine scientia nihil est': 'art without science is useless.' The summing up of Merryl Winstein's cheesemaking weekend might well be 'scientia sine ars non satis est': science without art is not enough.
HAVE FUN LEARNING TO MAKE many of your favorite cheeses along with other interesting people - all in one day. You can learn it all and you'll take home complete directions, plus you may phone me later with questions.
♦ In each information packed class you'll learn accurate traditional and professional cheese making methods gained from my studies with expert cheese makers from around the world. You'll know how to avoid common cheesemaking mistakes. Your own delectable cheese, carefully made at home, can rival any other. You will NOT bring cheese home, but you'll go home confident with your complete direction booklet, ready to make all your favorites.
♦ Cheese making classes are in suburban St. Louis, Missouri USA, near Highway 40 at Brentwood Blvd (Near Galleria or Whole Foods Brentwood), 63144. Exact location is sent to participants. In class we learn methods which apply to both cow milk and goat milk. I have raised dairy goats in my urban backyard for 20 years and have a lot of expertise to share about that.
♦ Gift certificates and cheese making supplies are available the same day - contact me. Pick up an accurate direction booklet which includes $10 off a cheesemaking class, liquid rennet enzyme, starter cultures, cheese wax, and more. You may even get a complete kit including either the wooden dutch lever or screw type cheese press. Deluxe complete kit including press and every sort of supply, $250, plus shipping.
Click here to get started on your new adventure into cheesemaking!!
Merryl Winstein, Cheesemaker, St. Louis, Missouri.
News from the Farm
- Getting Ready for Studying Cheesemaking in Denmark, Summer 2014 March 19, 2014
- Writing a Cheese Making Book, and Traveling in Denmark, Summer 2014 March 8, 2014
- Photo(s) added: Enjoying the feel of cheese at Merryl Winstein's Cheesemaking Class, St. Louis, MO, Enjoying learning at Merryl Winstein's Cheesemaking Class, St. Louis, MO, Enjoying learning at Mer December 4, 2013
- Testimonials. July 3, 2013