Cheese Press … Totally Worth It

This is our second year making cheese, and we seem to be making it more often, at least once per week. Since the first of the year, we have made a sage-infused cheddar, a gouda, a gruyere, an imperial porter cheddar, and a traditional Colby. Our investment in equipment has been pretty minimal – a few cheese molds and a giant pot we got on clearance. But after a few pressing related mishaps, we have decided enough was enough and strung for a fancy cheese press from We shopped around on Craigslist and eBay, and there were a few knock-off versions, but the quality of this one and it’s inclusion of a super-nice stainless-steel cheese press and follower pushed us over the edge.

In addition to preventing disaster (my olympic weights would often come crashing down mid-press!), I also feel like this system is a lot cleaner: no more germs falling like snowflakes onto my beautiful cheese-babies. I also love that this system comes with a draining tray that I can position over the sink.

It’s pricey, but I figure the convenience factor is worth it. Now I just have to make more cheese…

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