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David Asher

David Asher

David Asher is an organic farmer, goatherd, and farmstead cheesemaker, who lives on the gulf islands of British Columbia.  A guerrilla cheesemaker, Asher explores traditionally cultured, noncorporate methods of cheesemaking. Though mostly self-taught, he picked up his cheese skills from various teachers, including a Brown Swiss cow, named Sundae, on Cortes Island.    

Asher’s Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking offers cheesemaking workshops in partnership with food-sovereignty-minded organizations and communities. His workshops teach a cheesemaking method that is natural, DIY, and well suited to any home kitchen. He has been teaching cheesemaking for over seven years.

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June 9th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

David Asher at the Mother Earth News Fair- Burlington

Location: Champlain Valley Fair Grounds, Essex Junction, VT | Authors: David Asher

David will present three workshops at the Vermont Mother Earth News Fair this summer. The workshops will include: Natural Cheesemaking Learn to make delicious cheese with milk’s indigenous microbes. Find out how possible it is to grow your own bacteria, fungi and yeasts at home. Be inspired by a more traditional cheesemaking approach, and never buy another package of freeze-dried Penicillium roqueforti spores ever again! Dairy Fermentation Learn to work with kefir grains to make delicious fermented dairy products. Witness how kefir can serve as a starter culture for making a broad selection of dairy products including buttermilk, crème fraîche and cultured butter. It’s easier than you think! Cheesemaking for Little Cheese Eaters Did you know that you can make cheese at home? Learn some easy recipes that will impress your parents. Make two fresh cheeses: yogurt cheese and farmers cheese.

Category: Food & Drink | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking - Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses 

June 12th, 2017 - 12:00 am

David Asher at Sterling College

Location: Sterling College, Craftsbury Commons, VT | Authors: David Asher

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking: From culture propagation to rennet coagulation and on to affinage, this comprehensive and hands on course covers nearly all aspects and styles of farmhouse cheesemaking. Five days of learning allows students to prepare many styles of cheese and observe the stages of their evolution, providing insight into how many cheeses can evolve from the very same milk, with the same culture, and the same rennet. The course will focus on natural methods and a full circle approach to home and micro-scale cheesemaking. Class begins with a session on dairy fermentation, covering kefir, creme fraiche, cultured butter, yogurt, clabber, and quark. Next, we will explore fresh lactic cheeses such as cream cheese, chèvre, and geotrichum-candidum ripened lactic cheeses, including Crottin, Valencay and Saint Marcellin. We’ll deepen our study by looking at rennet cheeses: One morning, we’ll prepare a basic curd that can become many different styles of cheese. By the afternoon, the curd’s acidity will have developed, enabling us to stretch the cheese into mozzarella, burratta, and other pasta filata cheeses. We will then investigate blue cheeses and explore the different rind ecologies, including the white fungus of Camembert and the orange rinds of Limburger. Last, we make an Alpine Cheese and a Cheddar; with their leftover whey we prepare a batch of fresh, warm Ricotta. “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” offers a well-rounded understanding of the opportunities available to safely and deliciously create value-added dairy products ecologically and without reliance on manufactured cultures. June 12-16

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Category: Food & Drink | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience
Format: Course 
Book: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking - Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses 

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