Cheese making course in or around Los Angeles?
Does anyone know of a cheese making class or course in or around Los Angeles? I am specifically interested in goat cheese but any organic cheese making course would be helpful. Thanks.
Not sure exactly who does a course, but we get our cheesemaking supplies from the Home Wine, Beer and Cheesemaking shop in Woodland Hills. You may want to stop by or call and talk to them as they seem quite knowledgeable and might be able to steer you to a good place.
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The problem with a cheesemaking class is that it's not an instant process with results in 3 hours, like a pasta making class would be. Even for a quick paneer-like cheese, milk coagulation with lemon juice and subsequent cheesecloth straining takes at least a few hours, and the tastiest cheeses require time for the bacteria to poop out all that delicious flavor. A fresh cheese made in this way, while delicious, will have none of the complexity of a really well-aged cheese.
My best recommendation would be to buy a good book, such as "Homemade Cheese: Recipes for 50 Cheeses from Artisan Cheesemakers", which walks you through all the steps and supplies you'll need to make a variety of cheeses at home.