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About Merryl Winstein

I started learning to make cheese when I got goats in 1993.  For a long time the cheese didn't turn out so well, in fact it was so bad nobody would eat it, including me.  The few books I found were quite confusing, and a lot of the current books are still confusing (however, my own book will make things clear and should be finished soon).  Also, I sometimes used pasteurized supermarket milk, as advised in many publications, and that simply won't work.  But at the time I didn't know why. 

Some years ago, when I started taking professional cheesemaking classes in New England, I quickly saw what to do, and I returned every six months for additional 3-day workshops with visiting foreign experts.  I took eight 3-5 days workshops at the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, which recently stopped teaching (April 2013).  Luckily, I got all the information I could, which I pass on to my learners.  Those classes opened a whole new world to me, being able to make great tasting cheese of every kind, which stores well and turns out the way I want.  And I love being able to show other people just how to do it.

To me, making cheese is simple.  I view the process as the same thing all the time, but with different variations for different cheeses.  In my classes, I make a wide array of methods rapidly understandable to anyone, whether they have absolutely no knowledge of cheesemaking or of science, or whether they are chefs, microbiologists, farmers, homemakers, foodies, brewers or simply curious.  My intention is for people to go home from my classes ready to make all their favorites - and they do. 

Participants can call me with their cheesemaking questions.  It's far easier to make delicious cheese, correctly, than to experiment with incorrect methods which will never work.  I feel deeply honored to be able to spread the age-old craft of expert cheesemaking to so many other people.


Merryl Winstein, St. Louis MO Cheese Making Classes




Some of the cheesemaking notions people have are truly absurd, but of course, who would know? Even now the information can be scarce and hard to find for most people. Misinformation printed in books and then repeated over and over on the internet adds to the confusion. I took a years to find out what to do, but you don't have to waste all that time searching, because I will teach you all I can.

I have made just about all the mistakes that can be made already, in the 22 years I have owned dairy goats, so I know what you are up against.

Of course you will be able to make good, tasty cheese once you see and get your hands into the correct cheesemaking methods and get your questions answered at my cheese making classes.

Here I’ve listed my formal cheesemaking training. I have learned so much from my generous cheesemaking teachers.

2009 Fall Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese
3 weeks of all-day classes including
Italian and Mediterranean Cheesemaking 
Scamorza, Mozzarella, Kefalotyri, Manouri, etc. 
Essential Principles & Practices 

Quality and Chemistry of Milk
Cheese Chemistry Short Course 
Starter Cultures Hygiene & Food Safety 
Affinage Behind the Scenes 
Basic Sensory Evaluation

June 2009 with Jim Wallace 
Traditional Cheddar, Camembert, & Vacho Toscano

March 2010 
Washed Rind Cheeses 

with Gianna Ferguson & Tim Cogan from Ireland

Fall 2010 with Jim Wallace 
Alpine Cheeses, Beaufort, Fontina


Fall 2010 Vermont Institute
French Alpine Cheeses, Comte, Abondance, and washed rind cheeses

April 2011 Vermont Institute 
French Blue Cheeses

September 2011 
Spanish Cheese, Manchego
with Ric Canut

April 2012 Vermont Institute
Blue Cheeses, Affinage, Cheese Plant Construction

Summer 2012 with Peter Dixon 
Affinage (Ripening), and touring Vermont cheese plants

July 2014 Danish Cheeses with Arne Fokdal 
Danbo, Havarti, Maribo 
Touring Danish artisan cheesemaking plants