Panier of Plenty

Savoir-Faire

The most valuable lessons in cheese making come from mistakes – from observing what happens when the usual perimeters are breached and adjusting to find solutions. This month has brought an influx of knowledge as methods become more familiar and risks clearer – all adding to my growing repertoire of ‘how to manage whatever happens to arise’, transmuting challenges into a storehouse of wisdom to be called upon…

The ice bath

The ice bath

One of the most important pieces of equipment to master is the refroidisseur, as casseroles cool and milk cans that are not full enough float and can tip, and of course the water level is displaced by weight…

Tommes drying, 5 batches

Tommes drying, 5 batches

Daily rituals are now becoming familiar as I wash and change the position of the tommes, rotate and move lactiques so the most aged are on the highest racks and survey the colour-coded peg system…

Chambre d'affinage

Chambre d’affinage

Drying racks

Drying racks

Each day marked by a colour

Each day marked by a colour

Demi-sec

Demi-sec

Sec or dry chèvre

Sec or dry chèvre

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2 thoughts on “Savoir-Faire

  1. mesarapugs on said:

    Wow!! Wonderful journey through the making! Are you responsible for all this single-handed? 🙂

    • Thankfully no, the farm owner’s are a a husband and wife team – Guylène et Bernard – they also work weekends and start or finish cheese making processes, and Sylvain who milks the goats helps tip some of the milk cans in the cauldron… it is very heavy work and we are all kept busy…

      …I am a good advertisement for how to tone arm muscles, and a terrible one for nails!

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