Local Cheesemaking Classes Offer Holiday Gift Ideas

Give the gift of cheese this holiday season. Join The Art of Cheese for one of their Holiday Gift classes, learn to make cheese for your holiday table or gift a class to a friend or loved one.

The Art of Cheese is Longmont, Colorado’s own artisan home-cheesemaking school. Led by Kate Johnson, an award-winning cheesemaker and dairy goat farmer, The Art of Cheese is the best place in Northern Colorado for anyone who wants to learn the ins-and-outs of curds and whey. Kate and fellow Instructor, Becca Heins, will be hosting a number of cheesemaking classes between now and the end of the year that include holiday gift ideas. Check out their holiday-themed classes (listed below), learn to make cheese or purchase a gift card for a loved one or friend to take a class of their own.

Cheesemaker’s Home Kitchen Class: Homemade Cheese for the Holidays
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1-4 p.m.
Join Art of Cheese Instructor Becca Heins, Certified Cheese Professional, in her home kitchen for an afternoon of hands-on home cheesemaking.  The class will focus on “bloomy rind” cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.  These cheeses are best known for their white, bloomy exteriors and rich, creamy centers. Although Brie and Camembert are the most popular in this cheese family, they are just the beginning. In this class, you will sample different styles of bloomy rind cheeses, and students will take home a bloomy cheese to ripen and enjoy. You will also learn how to use ash and different aging techniques to make a variety of cheeses from a few simple recipes. The class will explore Becca’s cheese-aging space and discuss tips and aging techniques for this delicious family of cheeses. Class will wrap up with a relaxing wine and cheese sampling with some delicious holiday serving ideas. Class size is limited to 6 for a truly personal, home cheesemaking experience! An instructional packet with recipes and aging instructions is included. Cost: $69/person.

Goat Milk Soaps & Lotion for the Holidays
Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn how to make wonderful milk-based soaps using one of three different recipes and have them ready to give as gifts for the holidays! The first recipe, Handcrafted Milk Soap, uses a combination of olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil to create a wonderfully moisturizing and sudsy soap. The second recipe, Old-Fashioned Milk Soap, uses lard as the main oil, along with coconut oil for a good lather. The final recipe is a simple glycerin melt-and-pour method that is easy and safe enough to do with kids. You’ll get a chance to make your own bar of this soap in class, and it will be ready to go home with you at the end.  You will also receive a little gift bag with sample sizes of the other two soaps along with a recipe packet so you can make these soaps at home.  As a special bonus, you’ll learn a quick and easy way to make goat milk lotion and you’ll get to take home a small sample bottle to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Cost: $39/person.

Holiday Gift & Dessert Cheeses
Thursday, Nov. 30 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 | 3-5 p.m.
Come to this special holiday class and learn how to make homemade Chèvre and dry-salted Feta, and then turn these two easy cheeses into a wonderful array of desserts and gifts. In class, you’ll make and sample: Party-in-a-Jar (Marinated Chèvre), Honey Chèvre Logs, Chocolate Truffle Chèvre, Herb-Marinated Feta, Chocolate Feta Brownies and more. You’ll leave with a few samples and a bunch of creative and delicious ideas for your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cost: $49/person.

Cheese Curds for Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 2 | 2-4 p.m.
Cheddar Cheese Curds – aka “squeaky cheese” – are so much fun to make and to eat. Learn how to make this yummy treat to enjoy at your holiday parties or to make as a fun and tasty gift, or you can press and age the cheese for a delicious wheel of sharp cheddar. The process of cheddaring involves piling blocks of curds on top of each other, then milling and salting before loading it into forms to press into a wheel to be aged. But you don’t have to press and age the curds – you can eat them fresh! You can even add flavorings such has green chiles, fresh or dried herbs, horseradish powder and more. You’ll make a big batch of curds together as a class, and then you’ll get to custom-design your own small bag of curds to eat or take home with you. You’ll enjoy your fresh curds with an awesome beer pairing at the end of class. Cost: $49/person.

For a full calendar of The Art of Cheese’s upcoming cheesemaking classes, please click here. To purchase a gift card, cheesemaking gift package or cheesemaking supplies, click here. And for more information on The Art of Cheese visit artofcheese.com.

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