Where to Find Cheesemaking Supplies:
When looking for cheesemaking equipment, you may wish to check out local restaurant supply stores or any shop that sells home goods. A lot of beer making shops that are popping up around the country will have cheesemaking supplies as well. You may be hard pressed (ha!) to find a local shop dedicated to cheesemaking, but the internet is your friend when looking for cultures or equipment specific to cheesemaking. Here are some of the online places we have sourced supplies:
- The Cheesemaker
- The New England Cheese Company
- The Sausage Maker Inc.
- Swiss Hills Ferments
For Additional Information:
As you continue to create and taste and learn about home cheesemaking, you will want to find new sources for information and recipes. Check out our website at Swiss Hills Ferments for tutorials, recipes, and inspiration. Additionally, these are excellent resources for more information:
- Artisan Cheesemaking at Home, by Mary Karlin: This book has excellent pictures, recipes, and tutorials. It is good for beginners as well as those with more experience. One thing we really appreciate about this book is that each recipe begins with a heading that outlines the time commitment required.
- Home Cheese Making, by Ricki Carroll: Written by “The Cheese Queen” and owner of The New England Cheese Company, this book has everything the beginner needs to learn the basics of cheesemaking. It was the first book of its time and thousands have learned how to make cheese from this book alone.
- Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking, by Gianaclis Caldwell: This book doesn’t just list recipes: it helps you understand the “why” behind the steps in each recipe. It gives some science and explanation to each of the cheesemaking steps, and loads of practical advice for the home cheesemaker and small-scale market producers. It has lovely and inspiring photographs. It is not for the beginner, but we highly recommend it for someone who is looking to understand the cheesemaking process a bit more.
And don’t forget the endless talent and inspiration that you can find online as resources for home cheesemakers. Here are only a few of the many options online (if you know of any other online educational resources or blogs you think should be mentioned, let us know):