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ISBN: 9781931498777
Year Added to Catalog: 2005
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: charts, graphs, illustrations, resources, index
Number of Pages: 7 x 10 300 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1931498776
Release Date: May 19, 2005
Web Product ID: 85

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American Farmstead Cheese

The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheeses

by Paul Kindstedt

Table of Contents

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Chapter One. The Rhyme and Reason of Cheese Diversity: The Old World Origins (P. Kindstedt)

  • Introduction
  • The Alpine Cheeses
  • The Soft Ripened Cheeses
  • Cheesemaking in England

Chapter Two. Cheesemaking in the New World: The American Experience (P. Kindstedt)

  • Introduction
  • Cheesemaking in the Colonies
  • The Northward Migration
  • The Westward Migration
  • The Decline
  • The Renaissance

Chapter Three. Milk: The Beginning of All Cheesemaking (P. Kindstedt)

  • Introduction
  • The Composition of Milk: Cow, Goat, and Sheep
    • Water
    • Fat
    • Protein
    • Minerals
    • Lactose
  • Compositional Variation in Cheesemilk
  • From Milk to Cheese: Selective Concentration

Chapter Four. Starter Culture: The Heart of Cheesemaking (P. Kindstedt)

  • Introduction
  • Functions of the Starter Culture
    • Production of Lactic Acid
    • Suppression of Undesirable Microorganisms
    • Enzymatic Contribution to Ripening
    • Production of Gas, Flavor, and Aroma
  • Important Cheese Starters
  • Forms of Starter Culture
    • Mother Culture
    • Bulk Set Culture
    • Direct-Set Culture
  • Sources of Starter Inconsistency and Failure
    • Factors Involving the Starter Culture
    • Factors Involving the Milk
  • Secondary (Ripening) Cultures
  • Monitoring Starter Activity: Acidity Measurement
    • Measurement of Titratable Acidity (TA)
    • Measurement of pH

Chapter Five. The Eight Basic Steps of Cheesemaking (P. Kindstedt)

  • Introduction
  • Step One: Setting the Milk
    • Rennet Coagulation
    • Acid Coagulation
  • Step Two: Cutting or Breaking the Curd
    • Rennet-Coagulated Cheeses
    • Acid-Coagulated Cheeses
  • Step Three: Cooking and Holding the Curds
  • Rennet-Coagulated Cooked Cheeses
  • Rennet-Coagulated Uncooked Cheeses
  • Acidification during Cooking and Holding
  • Washing during Cooking and Holding
  • Acid coagulated cheeses
  • Step Four: Draining the Whey; Dipping the Curds
    • Acid-Coagulated Cheeses
  • Step Five: Knitting the Curds
    • Knitting in the Cheese Vat
    • Knitting in the Press
    • Knitting in the Draining Hoop
    • Acid-Coagulated Cheeses
  • Step Six: Pressing the Curds
  • Step Seven: Salting the Curds
    • Functions of Salt - Methods of Salting
  • Step Eight: Special Applications
  • Final Thoughts
  • Chapter Six. Chemical Composition: How It Shapes Cheese Identity and Quality (P. Kindstedt)

    • Calcium Content and pH
      • Importance of Initial pH
      • Effect on Microbiological Potential
      • Effect on Enzymatic Potential
      • Effect on Cheese Structure
    • Salt Content
      • Effect on Microbiological Potential
      • Effect on Enzymatic Potential/Proteolysis
    • Moisture Content
    • Implications for Safety
    • Final Thoughts

    Chapter Seven. Assuring Safety and Quality I: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and the Cheesemaking Process (T. Pritchard)

    • Introduction
    • Prerequisite Programs
    • The Seven Principles of HACCP
      • Step One: Hazard Analysis
      • Step Two: Identification of Critical Control Points
      • Step Three: Setting Critical Limits
      • Step Four: Developing Procedures for the Monitoring of Critical Limits
      • Step Five: Record Keeping
      • Step Six: Corrective Actions
      • Step Seven: Verification
    • The Challenges of HACCP
      • Antibiotic Residue Issues
      • Heat Inactivation of Pathogens
      • Evaluation of Starter Culture Activity
      • Aging
    • Final Thoughts

    Chapter Eight. Assuring Safety and Quality II: Controlling the Initial Chemical Composition (P. Kindstedt)

    • Introduction
    • Establishing a Target Acidity Schedule
    • Acidity Testing as a Management Tool
    • Establishing Target for Initial Composition
      • Methods for Sampling Cheese
      • Moisture Analysis
      • Salt Analysis
      • Compostion Testing as a Management Tool

    Chapter Nine. The Pasteurization Dilemma (C. Donnelly)

    • What Is Pasteurization?
    • Pathogens of Concern in Raw Milk
    • Milk Quality
    • Heat Treatment of Milk
    • Cheeses Made from Raw Milk
    • Previous Reviews on the Safety of Raw-Milk Cheeses
      • Outbreaks Involving Cheddar Cheese
      • Challenge Studies
      • Growth and Survival of Bacterial Pathogens in Soft and Semisoft Cheeses
    • Improvement in Cheese Safety and Future Needs

    Chapter Ten. The Art of Cheesemaking (P. Dixon)

    • Introduction
    • Artisanal Cheesemaking
    • Using Starter Culture and Rennet
    • Translating Recipes Using Direct Vat Set and Bulk Starters
    • Adding Starter to Milk
    • Cutting the Curds
    • Working and Firming the Curds
    • Pressing: Forming the Shape of the Cheese
    • Seasonal Dairying and Cheesemaking
      • Factors Affecting Milk and Cheese Quality
      • Environment and Health
      • Late Lactation
      • Practical Cheesemaking during Lactation
    • Salting and Brining Cheese
      • Brine Composition and Quality
      • Brining Technique
    • Some Notes on Aging Cheese
    • Final Thoughts

    Chapter Eleven. The Business of Farmstead Cheesemaking (A. Hooper)
    • A Lot of Humility Is a Good Thing
    • What Is the Vision?
    • Doing Some Homework
    • What Cheese Will You Make?
    • Control Equals Profit
      • - Cost Drivers We Have Discovered That You May Want to Consider
    • Marketing and Communications
      • Who Am I? What Do I Do?
      • How Am I Different?
      • Who Cares?
      • SWOT Analysis
      • An Effective Marketing Strategy Is Focused on Achievable Results
      • Tell Your Story - Clarity and Repetition
      • Good Editorial Testimony Is Your Best and Most Affordable Advertising
    • Sales and Distribution
      • Mail Order Direct to Consumers
      • Farmer‚??s Markets
      • Direct Wholesale versus Distributors
      • Distributors
      • Customer Service
    • Business Planning
      • Income Analysis
    • Final Thoughts

    Chapter Twelve. Putting It All Together: The Vermont Shepherd Story (C. Major)

    • The History of Vermont Shepherd
      • Milking Sheep?
      • Beginning to Make Cheese
      • A Trip to France
      • Voil√ !
      • Teaching Farmers and Growing Our Business
      • Building a Cheese Cave
      • Growing by Adding Cow‚??s-Milk Cheeses
    • Vermont Shepherd Today
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Marketing
      • Web Site
      • Open Houses
      • Staying Connected to Buyers
      • Entering Contests
      • Talks, Demos, and Tastings
      • Shipping
    • Final Thoughts

    Further Reading

    • General-Interest Works on Cheese
    • Written for Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemakers
    • Written for Cheese Scientists and Cheesemakers
    • Other Works of Interest

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