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Advanced Cheesemaking Classes
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​The Advanced class takes what is learned in our Artisanal class to the next level. We concentrate on more complex varieties of cheeses (i.e., bloomy rind cheeses, blue cheeses, hard-pressed cheeses, as well as washed rind cheeses) and explore the intricacies of aging and ripening in transforming a cheese into a truly memorable food experience by going more in-depth into the science and practical application of successful cheese aging techniques. Detailed cheese marketing strategies will also help you sell your cheese at the best venues and for the highest returns. As in our Artisanal and Specialty classes, you will get lunch each day, enjoy several cheese tastings and wine and beer pairings, and receive an expanded cheesemaking manual with recipes.  In order to ensure plenty of hands-on experience, each class is limited to 10 students.  Price -$695
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Advanced cheesemaking class at
Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese
in Lipan, Texas
In 2009, Dave Eagle of Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese took our artisan class to learn cheesemaking.  Today he and his son, Matt, craft award-winning cheeses in their new facility in Lipan, Texas.  According to the Whole Foods website, Eagle Mountain cheese "has put Texas on the world map"!

​Spend three days improving not only your cheesemaking and aging techniques, but making your business even more profitable or your home cheesemaking abilities more successful.
Advanced cheesemaking class at 
Three Shepherds in Warren, Vermont
August 12-14, 2024
October 7-9, 2024
Our advanced classes give students the opportunity to improve their cheesemaking skills, learn more about the art of aging, and become more profitable through better packaging and marketing.  

Students are encouraged to bring cheeses they are proud of, as well as cheeses that are "works in progress."

This is the opportunity to learn how to make more challenging cheeses such as blue cheeses, bloomy rind cheeses, Alpine cheeses, and other semi-hard and hard cheeses.

One of the highlights of the class is Linda's aging cellar slide show which includes aging cellars from around the world and examples of wanted and unwanted organisms in the aging environment.

Our students have won many awards for their cheeses including some winners in state fairs, the American Cheese Society, and top prizes in their categories in the World Cheese competition!

(Students wanting to continue their knowledge even further, while keeping their travel costs down, will take the Cheesemaking Boot Camp which is 6 days of cheesemaking [Artisanal & Advanced classes back to back] with a $50 discount.)
Join us in the heart of Ohio's beautiful Amish country for an advanced cheesemaking class at Keim family's Paint Valley Farms. We have been honored to work with the Keim family over the years and are extremely impressed with their family and farm operation.

There are several unique aspects to this advanced class.
1.The Keim family milk first-class Golden Guernsey cows certified for carrying the A2 gene. Known for their ultra-rich, yellow and creamy milk, Guernseys produce ideal milk for quality cheesemaking. 
2.Paint Valley Farms also partners with a farm that produces some of the region’s best goat milk, and this class will work with both exceptional cow and goat milk in our cheesemaking endeavors.

The Keim family are amazing health-conscious Amish farmers who share our philosophy of "Let food be our medicine and medicine be our food,” and use it in their daily lives. As an added bonus, they will once again spoil the class with one of their traditional Amish feasts—a meal that you will long cherish.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take your cheesemaking skills to the next level, work with some of the best quality milk available, and learn in a great facility run by warm, friendly, and talented people. This class is already starting to fill, so register quickly.
Cheesemaking class at 
Paint Valley Farms in Wilmot, Ohio