Happy Cheese Makers Since 1978

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    Made in the USA. This press is handmade in New England and can be used for pressing any hard cheese from Cheddar to Swiss (Assembly required, mold not included).

    DESCRIPTION: This press will give you up to 100lbs of pressure and will press up to a 10lb cheese. Made of maple, this press is well balanced and easy to use and will give you years of cheese making pleasure. A cheese mold must be purchased separately to go with this press.

    Pressing weight is achieved by hanging weights at one of 4 notches on the lever arm. Each notch is a multiple so you can calculate how much pressure is being applied. For example, a 5lb weight hung at notch 3 would provide 15lbs of pressure.

    DIMENSIONS: 19-1/2"L x 9"W x 26-3/4"H

    RETURN INFORMATION: We do not accept returns of any used equipment. This item is warrantied for 1 year from date of purchase against manufacturing defects. For our full return policy, please click here.

    Proper Press Weights

    The proper amount of weight for pressing a cheese should be to initially follow the cheese making guidelines for the particular cheese. However this can sometimes lead to over or under pressing the cheese due to the final cheese moisture or fat content.

    • Over pressing can be recognized by excessive cloudy/milky whey or even butterfat leaking with the draining whey or on the cheese surface when turning. The higher fat cheese also requires less weight in the early pressing stages when butterfat is still in a liquid state.
    • Under pressing is the cause of unconsolidated curds in the final cheese. This can be identified with open curd spaces on the rind or excessive open spaces in the cheese body.
    • A tight smooth rind with open spaces in the cheese body. Can be an indication of excessive press weight initially sealing the surface and trapping moisture inside. This is usually accompanied by a cheese leaking moisture in the aging room.
    Based on 6 Reviews
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    • Easy to assemble
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    Had to 'rig' it to get even press

    It was very easy to assemble and use. However, here was the issue I faced; the centering guide is almost the exact circumference of the cheese round insert so after getting it where you think it's aligned and add 40 lbs of weight, the centering guide falls or wedges down into the center circle of the cheese mold (M3 is what was recommended for size and what I purchased). I had to have my husband cut me a block of wood to go between the two pieces to keep the pressure evenly distributed. Fingers crossed, my cheese is evening out! :)

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    From: Sebastopol, CA

    Works Just Fine

    Easy to put together and easy to use. It does the job although I wish it had a drip pan so the remaining whey has a path to drip down but that's minor since a towel works fine.

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    A little funky to put together

    I haven't had a chance to use it but I'm sure it will work OK, but make sure you have your drill bits on hand because the screw holes aren't lined up at all. I had to redial 3 of the 8 holes (also be careful not to strip the screw heads, they strip easily if your holes aren't completely lined up). And I'm confused by the design because the lever isn't lined up straight with the plunger so it's not a fluid movement (maybe that's the way they want it?). I'm sure it works fine though and can't wait to try it.

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    Pros:
    • compact
    • easy-to-use
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    From: FL

    exactly what I hoped it would be

    A nice compact design that was easy to assemble and use. When it first arrived, the plunger was broken (likely during shipping) but April had a new part shipped out immediately and without fuss. My first pressed cheese - a colby - looks professional.

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    From: Iowa

    Dutch press

    <p>Works very well. I'm pleased! Made cheddar! I love that it doesn't take up a lot of room! Great price made very well. I chose, because it was made in the USA!! I'd buy again.</p>

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    • Well%20built
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    From: Denver

    Easy to use

    Nice, well built and easy to use. A great addition to my cheese tools.