Happy Cheese Makers Since 1978
$279.95
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    This press is proudly handcrafted in the USA to last a lifetime. With this press you can easily press a variety of delicious hard cheeses including, but not limited to, Cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan and Monterey Jack.

    Hard wood base (maple) with rubber feet to protect your kitchen counter. Pressure is regulated with a stainless steel gauge measuring from 0 to 80 lbs. Easy to use, this press makes a great addition to your cheese making kitchen. Comes assembled and ready to use.

    STYLES: There are two press set options to choose from:

    1. Press with Stainless Steel Mold - Item # E28-SS
      • Cheese Press
      • Stainless Steel Cheese Mold (2-4 pound cheese)
      • Rectangular Polypropylene Follower
      • Circular Polypropylene Follower
      • Stainless Steel Separating Disc/Follower
      • Stainless Steel Drip Tray
      • 5 Free Cultures (C1, C101, C2, C201, C21 a $29.95 value)
      • Total Price: $279.95

    2. Press with M2 and M3 Molds - Item # E28-M2-M3
      • Cheese Press
      • Polypropylene Cheese Mold and Follower (2-3 pound cheese)
      • Polypropylene CheeseMold and Follower (5-8 pound cheese)
      • Rectangular Polypropylene Follower
      • Stainless Steel Drip Tray
      • 5 Free Cultures (C1, C101, C2, C201, C21 a $29.95 value)
      • Total Price: $235.95

    3. Press w/Rectangular Follower and Drip Tray (NO MOLD) - Item # E28-PO
      • Cheese Press
      • Rectangular Polypropylene Follower
      • Stainless Steel Drip Tray
      • 5 Free Cultures(C1, C101, C2, C201, C21 a $29.95 value)
      • Total Price: $199.95


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

    LEARN: For more information on molding and pressing cheese 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.

    When unpacking the press, the scale may not read '0'

    This may be the result of spring compression during shipping. Simply release and remove the locking blocks and allow the springs to decompress. Do not store the press with springs compressed. There is also a small amount of movement in the scale strip and this can be adjusted slightly to the '0' mark by loosening the screw adjusting the strip and re-tightening the screw. Our springs and scale strips are designed to work together for the proper press weight.

    Based on 24 Reviews
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    Quality Piece of Equipment

    This press is very well designed and made. Easy to use and the followers stay level and square for a nice finished cheese. I highly recommend this press.

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    From: Akron, OH

    Simple and easy

    I love my new cheese press! It is simple and easy to use, and turns out a very professional looking product. I highly recommend it!

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    Functional, Easy, Beautiful, and Well Made

    This press makes making great hard cheeses so much easier. We've used ours for many years, and it is still perfect.

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    From: Boxborough, MA

    Easy to use

    We bought this cheese press after my husband and I attended a Cheesemaking 101 class a few years ago. We've successfully made the farmhouse cheddar a few times and after a bit of a hiatus from hard cheeses, am looking forward to trying Sarah's updated Colby! I wanted a product that would be easy to use and maintain and this is it.

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    Great Product!

    I am new to cheese making, and wanted to invest in a quality cheese press without having to do a lot of "trial and error" shopping. This cheese press is very well made, and easy to use. I am very happy with this cheese press, and with this company. Thank you!

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    Awesome Cheese Press

    I bought this a couple of years ago about 3 and it has held very well. Made sturdy and simple to use. Have made 100 lbs or more of hard and smihard cheese. Highly recommended.

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    From: Ann Arbor, MI

    Great product that could use little improvement

    Love the press but I feel it takes some effort to operate.

    1. When curd volume reduces under press, the pressure also reduces so you have to keep pushing it down once in a while to keep the pressure up. I have barbell weight but it's not too easy to balance them on the press.

    2. I wish the lower wood bar can stay in place when you want to take the mold out to flip the cheese/re-dress the cheese cloth. I have to take everything out in order to do that.

    3. It would be helpful to have marks on two rods so pressure is equalized. I used a permanent marker to mark it.

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    I absolutely love my cheese press. Don't know what I would do without it.

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    From: Chandler AZ

    Cheeeeeese Press

    Before buying this product I have gone through quite a few single spring presses just to have them fall over night, can't believe how much milk, time and possible cheese I had lost. Upon receiving my new press from NECM I noticed that he design was different, it was dual spring loaded and can be used with any mold. I have not used it yet but just by looking at it I do not need to call a helpdesk came with great instructions. Moral of the story ... Buy your equipment and your needs through a company that specializes in cheese you will notice the difference right away. BTW just made my first Jack and can all ready tell that it was pressed properly. Thanks Ricki

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    Great product!

    The press is simple to use and clean. It is worth the price if you plan on investing in time for quality cheese.

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    From: Zionville, NC

    Great quality product

    This press, while a tad pricey, is a great product. Easy to use and I believe will last virtually forever. The guage the pounds of pressure needed is easy to read and set.

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    From: Cape Cod MA

    Making romano is a breeze!

    The six month wait for the cheese to age isn't great, but the end result is spectacular! We were using coffee cans and bricks for weights before getting this press. It is so easy! So far we've been making 12 pounds a month and keeping them in our wine coolers - better to have great cheese than cool wine :-) Thank you for a simple-to-use and efficient press!

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    stylish and easy to use

    This cheese press is fabulous - it is so easy to put together and to set the press weight. It is very high quality and looks great if you need to leave it on the countertop. I'd definitely recommend it.

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    From: Michigan

    Cheese-the easy way!!!

    This cheese press was recommended by the farmer who conducted the cheesemaking class which led me to the art of cheesemaking. She was 100% right! This press is easy to use, relatively compact, easily sterilized and is exactly what me, as a beginner, needed. I would certainly recommend this press to anyone interested in cheesemaking.

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    From: SE OH

    Pleased!

    After years of using a homemade two-board-four-dowel-hand-weight system, I invested in this cheese press. It is well made and I really like the metal drip tray with the drain spout. It keeps the moisture off of the wood, protecting it from warping and splitting.

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    From: España

    Buen producto

    Me llamo Marta y vivo en una pequeña ciudad llamada Valladolid, en España. Soy quesera-casera. Compre esta prensa por internet y estoy muy contenta con ella. Esta construida con muy buenos materiales. Es útil, fácil de limpiar.

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    From: Montague, Michigan, USA

    No Regrets

    Buying this beauty was a bit challenging to afford, but I definitely do not have any regrets! It is easy to use, easy to clean, and compact enough for storage. I have made many rounds with it since getting it a month ago. I am careful to keep it clean and dry due to the wood based nature. One comment I'll make to the manufacturer....mine arrived with the cylinder in an oval shape not round. :( It makes turning over and redressing the cheese a little challenging. Doesn't affect the cheesemaking process, just a bit of advice to look into that.

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    From: Montague, Michigan, USA

    No Regrets

    Buying this beauty was a bit challenging to afford, but I definitely do not have any regrets! It is easy to use, easy to clean, and compact enough for storage. I have made many rounds with it since getting it a month ago. I am careful to keep it clean and dry due to the wood based nature. One comment I'll make to the manufacturer....mine arrived with the cylinder in an oval shape not round. :( It makes turning over and redressing the cheese a little challenging. Doesn't affect the cheesemaking process, just a bit of advice to look into that.

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    From: New Mexico

    Please put detailed use instructions here for some of us have old ones that we got from others.

    This is a well made unit, I just dont know how to use it.Thanks for any help.

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    From: Northern California

    Worth the money!

    I bought mine a couple of years ago and have given it plenty of use. This time of year (spring) I make cheese 3-4 times a week from our goats' milk. I highly recommend this cheese press. I had (still have) another cheese press that was less expensive (not cheap!) but I prefer this one as I like the stainless perforated form, and I like the fact that you can easily gauge how much pressure you are putting on the cheese and the curd drains much better. I have used mine to make Manchego, Cheddar, Parmesan, Romano, etc. If you are considering this press, go for it! Money well spent in my view.

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    From: MO

    Best Press Ever

    I bought mine about 8 years ago and will be buying another one so I can make 2 batches of cheese. You can really tell this is made in the U.S.A., great craftsmanship. I have looked at what others are offering, and they dont come close to matching the wormanship of this. I highly recomend this.

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    No more uneven cheeses!

    Before I got this cheese press, it took 3 people to lift the weights and place them evenly on my old cheese mold & follower! Now I can easily press the cheese myself, and the finished cheese is SO much smoother and prettier!

    Thank you for making this wonderful press! It is made so well, and is definitely something that will be passed on to future generations!!

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    From: Murrieta, CA

    Excellent equipment

    I bought this press from you ~20 years ago and use it for parmesan, emmental and cheddar cheeses. I have a parmesan pressing now. It is simplicity to use, and still works and looks like new. Kudos to the designer and maker. Thank you.

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    From: SOUTH CAROLINA

    Awesome Cheese Press!

    I received my press about a month ago, and I was so excited to use it! The first time I made beautiful stirred curd cheddar. Jamie was so helpful via email to make sure that I was pressing my cheese correctly. The second cheese I made was Pepper Jack and I am so delighted with the ALL AMERICAN MADE cheese press. I would recommend spending the extra money if you're not handy like me with making things. The quality cannot be beat. Thanks!