How we make cheese at Two Hoots

First thing in the morning the pasteuriser is heated up and sanitised for the day’s work.
Once ready, we pasteurise the milk and pump it through to a heated vat increasing the milk temperature. Starter culture and blue mould are then added to give the correct flavours, texture and acidity. The contents of the vat are then allowed to ripen and vegetarian rennet is added, which coagulates and sets the milk into a solid called curd.

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We cut the curd with long curd knifes

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This cuts the curd into small cubes and the clear liquid called whey is drained off

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Once filled the moulds are placed on the table to drain

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Once all the moulds are full they are turned to give them an even shape

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The cheeses are placed into brine tanks for flavour and to help the blueing process

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As they mature they are turned and rubbed regularly to give an even rustic rind.

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We use two types of curd knife – one cuts horizontally and the other vertically

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The curd is measured out into the moulds

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The mould creates the Barkham Blue ammonite shape

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It’s a very satisfying process but there is still more to do

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A piercing machine allows oxygen into the cheese which starts the blueing process

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When ready they are wrapped, packed and chilled ready for collection.

I am writing to you as I have been a huge fan of your Barkham Blue cheese for a while now since the kind lady in my local shop let me taste it instead of my usual Stilton. This leads me onto letting you amend your bulging outlets list. I just can’t get enough of the B. Blue and now find my old favourites rather bland! That is quite special considering I live virtually in Stilton territory! Shhhhh!
D.M (Mr)