|Project by Derek1980||posted 01-30-2011 07:06 AM||7012 views||9 times favorited||20 comments|
This is not the most impressive woodworking project I have ever done but I really enjoy making my one tools and this one is a little unique. The cheese mould is an old Stainless pot i ground the handle off of and drilled little drain holes in it, everything else is just scrap from around the shop.
This is my first use of my homemade cheese press and my first attempt at true cheddar. My first cheese was a abbreviated version called Farm House Cheddar. To press the first batch I balanced a 5 gallon canning pot of water on top of cheese. It worked ok but at one point in the process it settled unevenly and the pot fell dumping all the water on my kitchen floor. This press made the process much less of a mess.
just added more pix.
-the pressure is adjustable with the turnbuckle attached to the spring. I have been counting number of turns for a specific weight but i think I am going to make a scale to measure the spring and convert that into a weight. calibrated the spring with a scale.
-the stud in the top of the press block allows me to set the height with out using up all my spring adjustment
-the black plastic disk is part of a old cutting board cut to precisely fit the mould with just enough room for cheese cloth to fit around it.
-the plastic catch pan keeps the whey off the wood