Curds, curds and more curds!
On August 18th we went up to the University of Minnesota Pilot Plant to make our first official batch of cheese. Not knowing what we were doing but wanted to make curds, we aimed to make 500 lbs of cheese curds. What does 500lbs of curds look like? We didn’t know, but thought we’d give it a whirl!
Check out this link to see more pictures from our day of making cheese: Photo Album
We had a great day making cheese together (and still talked to each other at the end of the day) and learning TONS! The basics were the same as making it in our kitchen, but there were some changes from using 4 roasting pans to a 5,000 lb milk tank (over 580 lb of milk). We had a great teacher and student helper, and we took advantage of asking lots of questions and learning as much as we could from them.
After bagging up 500 lbs of curds, we headed south without our first cheese! They had to get tested for bacteria before we can take them home. So Saturday we waited with baited breath for the phone call that the curds were safe and we could go get them. We served our first official curds that day at the Randolph Chicken BBQ and had a great response. Since, then we have sold at farmers markets in Northfield and Cannon Falls, to a couple of stores, and to lots of family and friends.
Our First Customer, Alex! He was also a great advertiser, telling everyone to come and buy our curds.
On to the future! We will be making cheese again on Sept 27th at the U. We will be making plain and flavored curds but more importantly, queso fresco! We are pretty excited about this next make and aim to bring home a number of yummy cheeses for you to buy! Stay tuned to where you can buy this next batch of cheese!