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Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

This five-day course is a practical and comprehensive technical guide to cheese technology and the principles governing the quality of cheese. During this intensive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of cheesemaking, quality control practices, and useful considerations in starting a small-scale cheesemaking business. The first section focuses on the chemistry of milk and the different aspects defining the quality of cheesemaking milk. The second part describes the principles of cheesemaking and the different families of cheese and also includes comprehensive hands-on demonstrations in making three different cheese styles: a fresh acid-coagulated soft cheese, a bloomy rind variety, and a semi-hard cheese. The last section of the program focuses on how to monitor and control the fundamental factors driving the quality of the product. This course is taught by Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste, Rick Woods of Farmstead Cheese, and Linda Dimmick of Neighborly Farms. All cheesemaking exercises will be completed at Neighborly Farms.

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at, or contact Rachel Arsenault at or 802-728-1677

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