Thursday, September 13, 2007

County Fair Winner

I entered my cheese in the Santa Cruz County Fair for the first time this year and I won!!! I received a 1st place for a camembert style goat cheese and 3rd place for a fresh chevre with a herbs de provence, basque paprika and sea salt crust.To be honest I expected nothing for the camembert and a first for the fresh so I was pleasently surprised. I have been working on the camembert style and have made several batches, but the one I entered was the first I made.

I will post a pictures of the winning cheeses.

This week I made a chedder which is a really fun cheese to make. It is still in the cheese press, it gets pressed for a total of about 36 hours. It will then get air dried and bandaged or waxed and aged for at least 6 months. The first one I made this year I sent back east to my brother and told him to keep it in his basement till Christmas. Boy did that p$&* him off. HE loves cheese and will have a really hard time not touching that 2 pound wheel of cheddar until Christmas. Ah, it will be it a great present though, if he can wait.

I also made a Spanish Cheese this week called a Cabral al Vino which is a washed curd cheese, semi-soft, soaked in red wine. It looks beautiful and rustic and will be fun to eat in about two months - which seems like instant gratification in the cheese world.


vihbass said...

Mary Beth

sweet im happy for ya ,if you could send me the recipe of making goats milk cheese my amish neighbors want to try and make some


Bitterbetty said...

Hey Mary Beth...

Will trade Japanese styled shirts for cheese...

Then we can both stick to our skill set~!