Artisan Cheesemaking with Rachael Shreeve: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
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Artisan Cheese making at Home with Rachael Shreeve from 'Aries Dairies' 9.30-2.30pm ish each day
During this Greystoke course you will learn about the basics of making cheese; the important differences between hard and soft cheeses, what varies the taste of the cheese , the importance of different starter cultures, different curdling agents and how temperature and humidity effect the final product.
The milk is used by the house hold not only as lovely fresh milk, but it is also made into set and drinking yogurts, and into various cheeses from soft feta, to farm house cheddar's and hard Romano like cheeses. The milk is also separated to produce cream and further processed into butter.
Depending on what milk is available the course will be using Goats, Ewe's or Cows milk, you will be making one of two types of soft cheese , learning the process of hard cheese making, learning about and sampling Rachael's own feta cheese and understanding principles and pitfalls of many different types of artisan cheese making.
Ewe's milk is a very rich milk, having a lovely creamy taste. From the same volume of milk, twice as much cheese can be made compared to using cows milk. 'Aries Dairies' as fondly named by Rachael comprises three pet ewes producing milk for her family. Rachael is an Arian birth sign (The Ram) and her name is also Hebrew for Ewe - Aries Dairies was the perfect name.
Rachael is infamous locally for making 'Baaaa Bras' (size double ewe!) for her girls, to keep the lambs off the milk, once they have had their share, but allowing them to still run with their mothers.
Every morning and evening between early March and September Rachael hand milks her 3 girls outside the barn attached to her home. They jump onto the milking stand ready to be milked and simultaneously enjoy their breakfast or supper.
Trained as an Antarctic marine ecologist Rachael and her husband moved to the Cumbrian Fells some 7 years ago to live the good life - and they have never looked back. Her dream was to be self sufficient in her own dairy making cheese, butter, cream, yoghurt and of course milk.
For her first two years in Cumbria she worked on a neighbours (meat producing ) sheep farm to learn the basics before finding a local contact from which to buy her own three dairy sheep. It transpired that sheep were more suited to the area rather than goats.
Biffa, Millie and Lulubelle became part of the family.
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What's included in the price?
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered real treats - many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
There will be a £10 charge for ingredients payable to the tutor on the day.
Thank you so much for the cheese making course at Greystoke last week - i really enjoyed it. Can't wait to try the cheese we made - its in the fridge next to the one I've made at home. I'm really getting into it - the family will have to eat a lot of cheese I think! thanks again for generating a lovely friendly atmospshere - lots of fun!
Rosie S - - #6414
Rachael, just to thank you for such a good course. I learned lots and have used the whey for bread and scones, both of which were lovely. I've told everyone who will listen what a super day it was and I hope lots more people enjoy your courses in future!
Chrstine W - - #6413
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Course Start DatesSunday 10th June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018
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