What better way to celebrate the birth of sweet baby Jesus than with the creation of ‘sweet baby cheesus’!
In case you don’t know, I kicked off this whole cheese caper by giving my husband a home cheesemaking course as a present a few years ago. Not wanting to miss out on the action, I also enrolled myself….and the rest, as they say, is history….
A few people who know of my humble beginnings in the cheese world have been asking me about cheesemaking courses that they can give their loved ones for Christmas. As a huge advocate for greater appreciation through education, I’ve put together a list of a few local options here in Victoria, Australia that I have attended or know about:
Red Hill Cheese run great classes for aspiring home cheesemakers (it’s where I started!). The classes are set up in such a way that it’s easy to replicate some simple cheeses at home.
CheeseLinks run a bunch of courses at a number of sites around the country. The team is a wealth of knowledge and Cheeselinks carry a range of cheesemaking supplies including cultures, rennet, hoops and pretty much anything else you will need at home.
Giorgio Linguanti, cheesemaker from That’s Amore/La Latteria runs some fabulous stretched curd (mozzarella) classes (or you could just buy the I Love Mozzarella tshirt for your loved ones!)
For those of you that love your cheese but aren’t quite curd nerds that want to make it yourself, you may like to consider a personalised class from Anthony Femia, one of Australia’s best regarded cheesemongers. Anthony will also be leading the cheese and wine matching classes at the Food and Travel Co in the new year.