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Essential Principles and Practices of Cheesemaking

    Event Start: Jul 9, 2014 - 08:30 AM

    Event End: Jul 13, 2014 - 04:30 PM

    Randolph Center, VT

    The Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College (VTC) is hosting a practical and comprehensive guide in cheese technology and the principles governing the quality of cheese in a five day intensive course. During this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of cheesemaking, quality control practices, and useful considerations in starting a small scale cheesemaking business. The course will be led by international cheese technologist and former instructor/program developer of VIAC programs Dr. Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste and is structured in three main sections. The first section focuses on the chemistry of milk and the different aspects defining the quality of cheesemaking milk. The second part describes the principles of cheesemaking, the different families of cheese, and also includes comprehensive hands-on demonstrations in making three different cheese styles: a fresh acid-coagulated, a bloomy rind variety, and a semi-hard cheese. Finally, the last section of the program focuses on how to monitor and control the fundamental factors driving the quality of the product. All the cheesemaking exercises will be performed by Canadian master cheesemaker Marie-Chantal Houde and will be hosted at the facilities of Neighborly Farms, an organic Vermont farm producing award winning cheeses. At the end of the program students will also have the opportunity to get a private tour of Neighborly Farms and learn what the main challenges and rewards of being a farmer and a cheesemaker are from owner and cheesemaker Linda Dimmick.

    Please note that this course can be taken for academic credit for an additional $100.00 (this is a one credit course). Registration fee includes a comprehensive course manual, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks for all days of the course. Optional lodging at the college is also available at a very competitive price. If you are interested in staying at the college please contact Melissa Neilson at aginstitute@vtc.edu or call 802.728.1677. To register for the course please visit https://vtcc-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=296.

    For more information: http://www.vtc.edu/agricultureinstitute

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