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 Cheese Press: An Important Tool For Making Homemade Cheese 
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Cheese Press: An Important Tool For Making Homemade Cheese
by: Jean Kokus

Cheese is the most widely-consumed milk-based food aside from milk itself. Children love to munch it with its flavorful and milky taste, while remaining a top ingredient added to most food and dishes. Because of its extreme popularity, cheese is offered in several varieties, each more suited to a particular purpose than others.

A Healthy Food

Apart from being delicious, cheese is also a very healthy food with its rich content of proteins, iron, and calcium. The milk that is used in making cheese usually comes from cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. The history of making it dates back to the time when herds of Nomadic people in the Middle East brought milk with them during their long voyages. Because they stored their milk on containers made from the stomach of goats and sheep, they were surprised at the fermentation and coagulation that the milk went through, producing food that tastes like milk but different in form. In some pars of the world, cheese is sold in blocks or in the shape of a wheel covered with colorful wrappers, which makes them all the more attractive. Since then, cheese began to be produced for mass consumption, up to its recent popularity.

A Vital Tool in Cheese Making

Though they were the first to produce this delicious and nutritious food, ancient cheese makers lack the equipment that benefits the modern day cheese maker: the cheese press. The cheese press is very important in making cheese because it “presses” the milk to make it finer, eliminating any sediment that may contaminate the milk. By using a modern cheese press, the cheese is made finer and tastier without the roughness in texture that may result from not being pressed properly.

Replacing the Old Ways

In some primitive communities, the cheese press is a tangible symbol of modernity in the industry. It has replaced animals, such as buffaloes, which are used in pressing the milk. Before, buffaloes were made to run in circles tied to a center where a crude form of mill or grinder is operated by the animal’s movement. This process is very slow and does not properly press the milk as is required. With the modern cheese press around, the tired buffalo may soon see some rest.

There are different cheese presses in the market today, with varying specifications. Here are the most common features of cheese presses.

▪ A container for the milk. Some large containers can store up to two gallons of milk, while some may store only a few liters. The use of container eliminates possible lapses due to spit and polish methods and haphazard calculation. In some cheese press models, the container is made of transparent material.

▪ A pressure regulator. A pressure regulator monitors the amount of pressure exerted on the milk in the process of “pressing” it. With it one will know whether enough pressure is available.

Cheese Press Available Online

If you are looking for the best deal on cheese press, check out The Grape and Granary. You will get more on this very vital item in cheese making.

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