Cheesemaking workshop comes to town next Saturday, June 21

By Contributor
June 16th, 2014

Cheesemaker, goatherd, and author David Asher of  The Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking will introduce the art of cheese to Rosslanders next Saturday, June 21.

Cheese may be the most loved, yet least understood of all foods, according to Asher, but it is a natural fit for the home kitchen. “It’s easier to make good cheese at home than it is to make good bread,” Asher says, “And what is bread, after all, but a vehicle for cheese…”

Local cheese is central to food culture around the world and, especially in a mountain climate like ours, local cheese makes a lot of sense. With a little knowhow, we could all be eating our uniquely Kootenay-grown and cultured cheese. So if you’ve ever wanted to make fresh chevre, mozzarella, paneer, ricotta, kefir, hard alpine cheeses, blue, camembert, squeaky curds and more, you won’t want to miss this local food experience. 

Workshop participants will learn how each of these cheeses evolves and the skills needed to create excellent fresh and aged cheeses at home. You’ll save money on tools and supplies, learn how to keep your own starter cultures, make your own cheese forms, and, as Asher says, “judge the readiness of the milk and the curd with your own eyes, hands and mouths.”

The workshop will be at the Seven Summits School, 2393B Columbia Ave. this coming Saturday June 21st from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Registration is $65 and includes a farm-to-table lunch…and for any early risers, there’s an optional morning farm visit. 

You’re guaranteed to be inspired by the cheesemaking experience David Asher has organized. To read more and register visit: The Monashee Institute, Cheesemaking: The art and science of culturing your own cheese

The Monashee Institute is a new community initiative to bring more learning opportunities to Rossland. If there’s an educational experience you would like to see offered in Rossland or you want to share ideas about how to attract destination learners to our mountain town please contact our project coordinator: Amy Short at info@monasheeinstitute.org

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