Sharing secrets of making cheese at home

Pauline Wellington (right) takes part in a soft cheese-making workshop in Bega's Anglican Church hall on Tuesday.
Pauline Wellington (right) takes part in a soft cheese-making workshop in Bega's Anglican Church hall on Tuesday.
Susan Meagher leads a cheese and yoghurt-making workshop in Bega on Tuesday.

Susan Meagher leads a cheese and yoghurt-making workshop in Bega on Tuesday.

Three generations learning to make their own cheese are (from left) Codie Thomas, Pat Roach and Jennie Thomas.

Three generations learning to make their own cheese are (from left) Codie Thomas, Pat Roach and Jennie Thomas.

Participants at a cheese-making workshop in Bega on Tuesday.

Participants at a cheese-making workshop in Bega on Tuesday.

BEGA Valley residents participated in a traditional cheese-making course at St John’s Anglican Church in Bega on Tuesday.

Participants were taught how to make a variety of soft cheeses such as ricotta, Camembert, Greek feta and quark in a simple and cheap way.

David and Susan Meagher have been teaching others how to make cheese for four years, and conducted Tuesday’s workshop through Eurobodalla Adult Education.

The Meaghers aim to teach participants how to make preservative and packaging-free cheese.

They want to show that cheese-making is a simple process and that it is considerably cheaper to make your own than to buy it.

“The workshop is great fun,” Ms Meagher said.

“Our participants learn heaps, cheese-making is so rewarding and our cheeses taste fabulous.”

There was a group of about 20 participants at Tuesday’s class.

Michelle Smith, a teacher at Bega High, said she hopes to teach cheese-making to her students. 

Merimbula Free Range Catering employee Danielle Collins is completing a commercial cookery course and attended the workshop as the knowledge of how to make cheese would help with her course.

“Making cheese is really special,” she said.

When asked which their favourite cheese was, both Ms Smith and Ms Collins responded with “Camembert”. 

If you are interested in cheese-making, more information can be found on the Meaghers’ website, www.thecheesemakingworkshop.com.au

They are returning for another workshop on July 16.