Want to learn to make cheese and other dairy products with goat milk?
Have you tried to make cheese and found it challenging?
Have you wasted gallons of your precious milk trying to figure out cheesemaking on your own?
Making cheese is not hard (I’ve taught hundreds of children to do it!), but it can be a challenge because the smallest changes in time, temperature, or ingredients can mean the difference between success and failure.
It's not like baking a cake! You can't simply mix up the ingredients and be done.
Having a good recipe is important – but understanding the fundamentals of cheese-making and handling dairy can be a huge help when it comes to producing your own dairy products at home.
In this course, you’ll master making seven different kinds of cheese, as well as yogurt, buttermilk, and sour cream. You'll also learn fundamentals, such as flocculation.
◊ Videos guide you step-by-step from milking your goat to proper milk handling through actually making each of the different cheeses.
◊ You can print out recipes for future use, as well as a form for creating your own personal cheesemaking journal, which is the secret to cheesemaking success. Deborah explains in a video how to use it.
Cheese making is a lot of fun but it’s a lot more “technical” than I expected to get something that actually tastes good. Deborah takes that technical aspect and makes it easier to apply to cheese making, giving you a greater chance of making something really good. I have loved the course and will continue to use it year after year.
~ Maren, Colorado
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 acres on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. They sold chickens and turkeys for more than 10 years, and are currently a licensed egg producer in Illinois and sell eggs to a grocery store and through a CSA.
Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.
In 2022, Deborah got certified as a FAMACHA instructor so that she and her students could feel confident that she was providing the most up-to-date information on parasite research and management.
"The explanations included details that included what a proper result looks like, what can happen if something isn't done right, and, when appropriate, how multiple strategies can yield a good result. This is very helpful."
~ a beginning cheesemaker in the course
Frequently Asked Questions
This course is for you if ....
◊ You want to learn to make cheese with proven recipes and guidance.
◊ You don't want to learn everything by trial and error.
◊ You love the idea of having someone to answer your questions as they come up.
◊ You are excited about saving money by making your own cheese!
This course is not for you if ...
◊ You don't want to use a thermometer or timer.
◊ You hate keeping records.
◊ You don't like to follow directions.
◊ You have so much milk that you're fine if some is wasted while you're figuring out the cheesemaking process.