American Farmstead Cheese: The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheeses

American Farmstead Cheese: The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheeses

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By (author) Paul Kindstedt, By (author) Vermont Cheese Council

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Hardback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 260mm x 25mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1931498776
  • ISBN 13: 9781931498777
  • Illustrations note: Charts, Graphs, and Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 229,861

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This comprehensive guide to farmstead cheese explains the diversity of cheeses in terms of historical animal husbandry, pastures, climate, preservation, and transport-all of which still contribute to the uniqueness of farm cheeses today. Discover the composition of milk (and its seasonal variations), starter cultures, and the chemistry of cheese. The book includes: A fully illustrated guide to basic cheesemaking Discussions on the effects of calcium, pH, salt, and moisture on the process Ways to ensure safety and quality through sampling and risk reduction Methods for analyzing the resulting composition You will meet artisan cheesemaker Peter Dixon, who will remind you of the creative spirit of nature as he shares his own process for cheesemaking. Alison Hooper, cofounder of Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, shares her experience-both the mistakes and the successes-to guide you in your own business adventure with cheese. David and Cindy Major, owners of Vermont Shepherd, a sheep dairy and cheese business, tell the story of their farm and business from rocky beginning to successful end.

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Paul Kindstedt is a Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. He has authored numerous research articles and invited conference proceedings on dairy chemistry and cheese science, as well as the book Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization. He has received national professional recognition for both his research and teaching and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont. He is married and blessed with three children who are the joy of his life. The Vermont Cheese Council is a nonprofit organization whose support of more than dozen Vermont cheesemakers contributes to a vision for continued agricultural practices and the preservation of Vermont's rural landscape.

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Review from Booklistby Mark KnoblauchNot so very long ago the term "American cheese" meant a bland product good for little except melting atop a hamburger patty. Thanks to the efforts of a host of cheese makers around the country, American cheese has begun developing a range of tastes and textures to rival the great cheeses of Europe. To guide those who wish to participate in this burgeoning industry, Kindstedt has developed a manual that covers in detail the scientific and technical bases for turning milk into cheese, describing each of the eight steps of the process. Even the nonprofessional can profit from Kindstedt's discussion of the chemical principles that underlie cheese making, the variations in the final product that are affected by temperature, acidity, salt, and coagulating media. Kinstedt pays particular heed to the importance of sanitation. Other contributors address the art that creates flavor from the science and commercial principles that sustain the cheesemaker. Libra