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Farmstead Cheesemaking
taught by Jeanette Larson

2017 Season Classes: June 22 and Oct 4
Each class requires pre-registeration and the deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the class date. Classes fill quickly so call today, 870/269-3851.

Registration Form

Cheesemaking is a way to use and store excess milk on the farm. Take this class to learn simple ways to make farmer's cheese, kefir, cottage cheese and yogurt.

Ozark homesteaders often had one or two milk animals, and many do to this day. When you have your own milk, you deal with the ebb and flow of natural production cycles. Sometimes, you'll have more milk than you can use and other times there just isn't any. Cheesemaking is a way to use milk when you have an overabundance and to store it for the times when all your cows or goats are dry.
In this class you'll learn quick and basic cheesemaking, as it is done in a modern farm kitchen. You'll use fresh goat's milk and store bought cow's milk in these cheeses. You'll learn to make fresh, soft cheeses, not the hard, aged cheese. You can build on the skills you learn to develop your own cheese recipes.
  • The class meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Administration building. We will work until noon making farmer's cheese and starting cultured cheese, kefir and yogurt. Bring a brown bag lunch to go with your morning cheeses. We'll make a fried cheese with herbs picked from the Heritage Herb Garden.
  • Class will end about 2:00 p.m.
  • Cost of class is $30 which covers materials used in class including milk, cheese cultures and handouts. Payment is due when registering for the class and is nonrefundable unless we cancel the class.
  • Wear comfortable old clothes and be prepared to play in the kitchen!
  • Minimum number of students is 4/maximum 12.

Instructor Jeanette Larson has been making goat cheeses from her own flock of dairy goats since 1982. She'll share her recipes and intuitive cheesemaking skills in this class.

To register, print the Registration form, complete it, and mail it to: Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View, AR 72560.

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