Cheesemaker

What is a Cheesemaker?

A Cheesemaker is an artisan who makes cheese! 

A Cheesemaker turns milk into cheese. 

The milk can come from:

  • cows
  • goats
  • sheep
  • buffalo
  • or any other animal which feed the young milk

There are basically 3 kinds of cheeses:

  • Hard:  Parmigiano / Pecorini / Emmental etc
  • Semi-soft: Gorgonzola / Goats Milk Log / Stilton etc
  • Soft:  Brie / Camembert / Mozzarella etc

A Cheesemaker can work in large cheese manufacturing plants or for themselves. 

As a self-employed Cheesemaker you could sell your cheeses to delis, fine-dining restaurants or sell them yourself at food markets.

What does a Cheesemaker do?

  • following a recipe
  • pasteurizes the milk
  • maintaining the correct temperatures
  • tinting the cheese (adding colourants)
  • adding key ingredients like rennet and cultures to make the cheese ‘set’
  • adding flavourant if required:  for example sundried tomatoes, olives, herbs etc
  • removing the whey – the water substance
  • shaping cheeses
  • storing cheese so that they can ‘cure’ (mature) and ripen
  • regularly testing cheeses to check maturity

Are you … ?

  • a person with a good palate?  you can taste the slight differences between flavours.
  • good with your hands?
  • passionate about food?
  • adventurous with food?
  • patient?
  • accurate?
  • hygiene conscious?

How do I become a Cheesemaker?

There are no cheese schools or colleges that provide training in cheese making but there are a number of private places that offer short courses:

  • GROOTPLAAS DE RUST CHEESE ACADEMY:

http://www.cheeseacademy.co.za/

  • FINEST KIND:

http://www.finestkind.co.za/index.html

  • CHEESEMAKING.CO.ZA:

http://www.cheesemaking.co.za/

  • ANGEL DOW:

Offers courses in goat’s cheese making

http://www.dairygoat.co.za/products/cheese/index.asp

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Chef or Sommelier

Is becoming a Cheesemaker the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.