Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dutch Cheese Press

Does anyone use a dutch cheese press? I really like the looks of this press. Right now I can only make up to a 2 lb cheese at a time. I have a press from Hoeggers, and while I am pleased with it, I'd like an additional press that can press either a larger cheese, 5-10lbs, or maybe I could stack 2 cheese molds and make a couple at once.
I was sleeping, and then had to get up to drain the creme fraiche for tommorrows orders, and I still have 29 minutes left to go for the fig and blk cherry yogurts.
The kids have a cold, I think its about the only one they've had this year. I've been fighting a bad sore throat for the last 2 nights, I'll be surprised if it gets much worse than that. I don't sicken easily. What Mommy has the time to be sick anyway?
Gale's udder was quite a bit bigger tonight. With her other 3 calves, the two heifers were a week or two early, and her 1 bull was 6 days late. She is 12 days out by my calculations. She is in ideal condition and I've been feeding her according to my new milk fever prevention regime and I consider her to be the ultimate test. It would be REALLY nice if the stars would align and somehow make this calf a heifer. Our lovely heifer, Henrietta, is such a tame puppydog that I'm literally tripping over her every milking and have to push her out the gate to clean the stalls because she is planted right in my lap!
Uh-Oh. It's 1:38 am and I just heard Ida May crying. And the yogurt still has 19 minutes.....


  1. How did the yogurt come out? Sounds lovely!
    I have a different press, but have admired that same one too. I like the simplicity of its design.

  2. I have a press from Hoeggers with a 2 pound and a four pound mold. I always use the four pound mold. I like it but I have never used anything else. I bought a pressure gauge for it so that I don't have to "guess" on the weights like I was doing. I can't make any more than a four pound batch at a time as my pot will only hold four gallons! ;-) I guess if I got a bigger press then I would have an excuse to get a bigger pot, right? ;-)

  3. The yogurt came out great! I used to have a problem with getting it to set up as firm as I wanted it, but that was because of a reluctance to heat the milk and unreliable started. All better now!
    Liz- Is yours a cylindrical press that screws down to add pressure?
    Tammy how did you get up to four pounds from the hoegger press? It must be different than mine, because I have a 5 lb mould, but it won't fit with my press.
    Yes, you might need a bigger pot OR I was gonna just have 2 pots going at once, and combine the curds into one big mould.
    I'm trying to prepare for the onslaught of milk with Gale freshening soon!
    Ellie's baby, Angus, is now at the point of keep her empty all the time, so I actually have LESS milk instead of more right now. Time to seperate overnight, I've been reluctant because last time When I seperated ellie's 1st calf for the first time, she tried to jump a 5 ft wall and broke it down!

  4. Here is a link to the molds themselves that I have but they actually came with the press:

    Here is a link to the press:

    And here is the pressure gauge I finally bought and I am so sorry I didn't spend the money to begin with rather than waiting a year for it:

  5. Thanks, Tammy. I have the stainless steel moulds and apparently they are only in 1lb and 2lb sizes. I have the pressure gauge too. I love it!

  6. hope you are getting better… sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

    usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup ( ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

    i hope it works on you as well.