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Cheese Making

The perfect introduction to simple cheese making, our popular one day course shares the basic dairy principles, exciting recipes and the ability to tackle this artisan craft in your own home.

Making cheese is an ancient skill, all but lost from the domestic household in favour of products from big manufacturers and great artisan producers. Many of us struggle with the time, confidence and knowledge to approach this centuries old practise but it is much more accessible than we may think.

Steven Lamb, our expert tutor and author of the River Cottage Handbook ‘Cheese and Dairy’, is on a one man mission to show us how easy cheese making is and encourage us to embrace a few classic, straightforward recipes. As he says, ‘…the basic principles involved in turning fresh milk into most dairy products are really very similar. The main difference lies in the time that process takes. I can assure you that making your own cheese is a rewarding experience, and the more experience you gain, the more satisfying it becomes.’

Under Steven’s knowledgeable tutelage you will be guided through the simple art of soft cheese making, learning more about curds, whey, the alchemic use of rennet and citric acid and the careful balancing of temperature. The featured cheeses you create will include flavoured labneh, paneer, a fresh curd, halloumi, ricotta and mozzarella. Throughout the day, based in our purpose built cookery school with stunning views across the valley, there will be inspirational demos, hands on practicals and tastings. A delicious lunch will be prepared by the RC chefs, showcasing some of the ingredients you have been working with and there will be finished cheeses to take home with you.

Your day

09.30 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the wonderful pathways down to the farm, enabling you to really soak up the views of the valley.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Morning session

    To get the day underway, Steve will cover the basics of cheese making and guide you through the process, making cheeses with you through the morning.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Afternoon session

    You'll return to your cheese making and Steve will take you through finishing off all your cheeses.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your course tutor and your fellow scholars before heading back up the hill at 5pm, cheeses in hand.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018