Lately, online cheesemaking forums have been abuzz with controversy over the question of whether calcium chloride should be used when making mozzarella. Some folks insist that calcium chloride is necessary for proper curd formation, and others argue that it prevents the curds from stretching.
So, who’s right?
To get to the bottom of this controversy, we turned to world-renown cheesemaker Margaret Morris, author of The Cheesemaker’s Manual, 2015 winner of First Prize at the American Cheese Society (ACS) Society, and 2013 winner of the top award at the Global Cheese Making Competition in Somerset, UK.
Here’s what we learned. Continue reading
Holiday Specials at Homesteader’s Supply!
Check back often to see updates on our holiday specials
Check back often for updates on our Holiday Specials. We’re starting off the holiday gift giving season with two sales.
1) Triple Wood Cutting Board and Rolling Pin – on sale through end of the year AND we have a special offer. You’ll receive a $20 Gift Certificate to keep for yourself or give to someone else when you purchase this set.
2) Ultimate Cheese Press in Hard Cherry wood … Limited Edition only 25 available, first come first serve. Now on sale until end of the year! There’s a recipe for Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese in the blog to help you get started.
Have you seen the video staring Wardee from GNOWFGLINS? Wardee shows us how to use the Ultimate Cheese Press. You’ll feel a lot more confident after watching the video. Making hard cheese is surprisingly simple.
Limited Edition Ultimate Cheese Press in Cherry Hardwood
Just in time for Cyber Monday sales! We’re blogging a little early this week to bring you our newest product. Yes! Another new product. It’s great to give as a gift or keep as a treat to yourself.
Jerri has commissioned a limited edition run of 25 Ultimate Cheese Presses made in cherry hardwood. They are beautiful! It’s first come, first served and a few have already sold. The sale price is in effect now and it continues through the end of December, 2014 or until all 25 presses are sold.
Ultimate Cheese Press made with cherry hardwood
Our cheese press is made for home cheese makers, designed and manufactured by Jerri Bedell, the owner of Homesteader’s Supply right here in the USA! Made from a beautiful grained cherry hardwood with various shades of darker marbling. Each press is as unique as the wood its made from. Cherry darkens as it ages and becomes even more beautiful. This wood is sturdy, solid and long lasting. It’s treated with organic coconut oil and is stamped with our logo.
Are you new to making cheese? We have a recipe for a very nice cheddar to help you get started. Farmhouse Cheddar. If you’d like to print the recipe you can find the pdf file there. Download it to your computer, send it to the printer, and pick it up on the way to the kitchen.
Triple Wood Cutting Board & Rolling Pin
Oh my gosh are these beautiful! We love cutting boards and rolling pins and handcrafted, artisan quality wood products. We are very excited to have these ready for you to use during the holiday baking season and to give as gifts. They are fantastic!
Triple Wood handcrafted rolling pin and cutting board
Jerri’s been busy. She designed our new handcrafted Triple Wood Rolling Pin and Cutting Board and she’s having them made in Tennessee. She’s created two more American designed and made products. The rolling pin is comfortable in your hand. They are made with maple, cherry and walnut hardwoods. No two are exactly alike because of the natural grain of each wood.
Seasoned with 100% organic Non-GMO coconut oil which brings out the natural beauty of the wood. We chose coconut oil for its natural ability to inhibit bacterial growth without adding any coconut scent to your baked goods.
Triple Wood rolling pin
The Triple Wood Rolling Pin is 17″ long and 3″ wide. Its rolling surface is 9″ long.
Triple Wood cutting board
The Triple Wood Cutting Board is 14″ long by 10″ wide. It’s 1.5″ thick. It’s sturdy enough to handle any task. Slice bread, cut cheese and meat or even cut into those heavy winter squash using the cutting board.
Both pieces are easy to care for. Wash only with warm lightly soapy water, air dry and reapply oil of your choice.
All of our products add beauty to you kitchen as well as functionality. This set makes a great gift! You may purchase them separately or save money by ordering both pieces at a special price.