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Price: $279.95
$279.95
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    This press is 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.

    DESCRIPTION: The stainless steel mold and drip tray sit on a 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.

    PRESS INCLUDES: 1-Stainless Steel Mold (2-4lb cheese), 2-Polypropylene Followers, 1-Stainless Steel Pressure Gauge, 1-Stainless Steel Separating Disc, 1-Stainless Steel Drip Tray, 2-Press Locks and A BONUS of 5 FREE Cultures - C1, C101, C2, C201C21 (a $29.95 value)

    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.

    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.

    Overall Customer Rating of 8 Reviews:
    Montague, Michigan, USA

    No Regrets

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    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.

    Montague, Michigan, USA

    No Regrets

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    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.

    New Mexico

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

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

    Northern California

    Worth the money!

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    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.

    MO

    Best Press Ever

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    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.