The rooms to make cheese
Before telling you how to make cheese, I want to talk to you about the premises. It is important to have the right rooms. When we make cheese we need two rooms:
- The room for making the cheese
- The room to ripen the cheese
One of the nice things, once you know how to make cheese and then get started is the temperature at which it all happens. The jelly, the breaking, and the drying of the cheese all take place at room temperature. That means around 18-25 ° C and a humidity of 60-80%, which is a very pleasant climate. This climate is very important so that the cheese is nice and warm and not too dry to be able to take the first steps of its formation and maturity.
How to make cheese: the room for preparing
It is ideal if the room is completely tiled so that it is easy to clean it. When you are making cheese yourself, drops keep falling on the floor or on the wall. These contaminants can start to stink or even become moldy later if you cannot easily clean the room. A kitchen is a good place if it’s big enough. Doing everything in the kitchen is the best solution for how to make cheese easily. The temperature is right there and usually, the areas on the work surface and the sink are tiled. It is beneficial to have a drain. On the one hand for easy cleaning and also for the draining whey. Whey always comes out when filling and stuffing the molds. This often lands on the floor. If the floor is not tiled, you can use a film to keep the work area clean.
Remember that the film is also on the wall if you want to make your own cheese near a wall. The room should also be absolutely mold-free. This fact is one of the most important things to know about how to make cheese. Fresh cheese is the purest paradise for all kinds of living things and especially the mold likes to eat it. Cleanliness is the most important basic to know about how to make cheese. The room should also be free of insects because they too have a lot of fun eating cheese and laying their eggs in it.
Another thing you should know about how to make cheese is that you need some space. You need either a stove or a burner to heat the milk. Then another area where the loaf of cheese can drain. A sink is ideal here because the whey can flow directly into the drain. Furthermore, you should have a large table or a wooden board that stands on trestles to be able to store the utensils. Later, after the first drying, you need space to salt the cheese.
How to make cheese: the ripening room
Ok now to the next things you should know about how to make cheese. This room is now less comfortable for us humans. It should have an average temperature of 12 ° C and, depending on the type of ripening, and a humidity of 80-97%.
Ideally, this room should also be tiled to make it easier to keep it clean. Remember the most important thing to know about how to make cheese is to work as cleanly as possible. The ripening room should not have any wallpaper, wood, or other natural materials in it as these would start to mold and mold. There should also be no scents in it because young cheese takes on all kinds of smells. You should be able to ventilate the room, but it should be dark if possible. Under no circumstances should there be direct sunlight in it. It is also very important here that there are no insects in it. Since I want to show you how to make cheese as simple as possible, here is a good trick: I have built a ripening shelf that has metal insect screens all around. So my gold pieces are always protected and the air can still circulate.
The wooden gratings are removable so that they can also be cleaned easily. The wooden frames and grids should be made of spruce wood, as it contains no tannins. If you don’t have a usable space to ripen cheese, you can also help yourself with a refrigerator, which you can convert into a “ripening room/ripening cabinet”. Or you can help yourself with a food-safe plastic box. If you know how to make cheese and are a little inventive there is always a solution so that the ripening of the cheese can be done safely.