Perry's Cheese Blog

How Are Cheeses Made?

Perry Wakeman

Cheesemaking is an ancient and delicate process, dating way, way back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians over 5,000 years ago. Cheese was stored in jars and entombed with dynasty kings, showing how valuable it was even all those millennia ago. One could argue that cheesemaking is one of the world’s oldest art forms, with its techniques and traditions passed down through generations as skillfully as sculpting or playing the piano. The journey from fresh milk to a matured cheese wheel is a delicate process, intertwining nature, science, and craft. Let’s cut some of our favourite cheese, pair it...

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Blue Cheeses That Might Change Opinions

Perry Wakeman

Blue Cheeses That Might Change Opinions

Nothing beats the power of a blue cheese. Its richness makes for a delicious post-meal dessert, or a nice way to round out a meal if it’s lacking that extra something on the palette. Despite this, many don’t share a similar fondness, seeing Stilton cheese and other blues as having too much strength in their taste and amora. According to a 2024 report from Gitnux, blue cheese is a favourite among only 3% of consumers in the UK. But this type of cheese still claims prestigious spots in the TasteAtlas Top 100 Cheeses ranking. Celebrated varieties like Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and...

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Rediscovering Cheddar

Perry Wakeman

Rediscovering Cheddar

Cheddar is often purchased on mass from the supermarket. But what makes a cheddar, what should we expect, and where can you find some of the best cheddar?

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Perry’s Visit to Fen Farm Dairy

Perry Wakeman

Perry’s Visit to Fen Farm Dairy

For National Cheese Day, I had the pleasure of spending the day with one of Britain’s finest cheesemakers, Fen Farm Dairy. Located in the heart of the English countryside, this dairy is known for its innovative practices and exceptional cheeses. Here's a glimpse into my visit and the delightful conversations I had with Jonny, Iona, and Blake. A Day at Fen Farm Dairy Overlooking the lush pastures of Fen Farm, Jonny, Iona, and I wandered through the farm, discussing various topics ranging from green energy to the intricacies of cheese production. The conversation flowed as smoothly as the milk from...

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The Role of Microflora in Cheesemaking

Perry Wakeman

The Role of Microflora in Cheesemaking

The world of cheese is a testament to the intricate interplay between science and art, and at the heart of this process lies the humble microflora. These tiny organisms are essential in transforming milk into the myriad cheese varieties we enjoy. Let's delve into how microflora contribute to the development of cheese, their role in flavour and texture, and why they are crucial to the cheesemaking process. What are Microflora? Microflora are microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, and molds, that naturally occur in cheese. They play a critical role in the fermentation process, breaking down lactose into lactic acid, which helps...

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