Sorry for public service announcement first but Charla, if you’re reading this, stop now! Step away from the page please.
Because we’re going to debate the merits of the cheesemaking kit that’s winging its way to you tomorrow, with love.
I’ve never tried making my own cheese. Plenty of yoghurt and sour cream, but only from gone off dairy products. So I’m amazed to see how many kits there are, and for so many different types of cheese. Moorlands Cheesemakers seem to have all the things you could ever possibly need, in kit form or just the individual bits you might need.
Cheese won’t come much fresher than making your own, even better if you’ve got access to really fresh milk, of any description. I think it’s not a bad foodie gift for any occasion, although perhaps not as a main gift. There could be some good additions you could make as well, just to make it extra special. FoodFullStop brings together some really good cheese providers, like The Cheese Shed and Cropwell Bishop Creamery. My choices would be a Cropwell Bishop mini Stilton and a Dorset Cheese Selection from The Cheese Shed.
If you want a really impressive looking cheese gift, not to mention enough to kep you going for a little while, then have a look at the cheese towers over at London Fine Foods. I rather like the sound of the Westminster Abbey Tower, particularly the Oxford Blue. They also have some amazing gourmet cheeses, such as the Black Truffle Moliterno,which sounds fantastic. And maybe some quince jelly, just to top things off.
So, maybe this gift isn’t shaping up so bad after all! And perfect for a credit crunch gift as you get to create something you might normally buy.