Sunday, November 5, 2017

Camembert Success!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Oh my gosh, this wheel of Camembert that I made on September 19th is a thing of beauty! After all the cheese fails lately, I was actually considering giving it up. Really. But we opened this Cam last night and I have to say, I'm re-motivated to keep making cheese!!!


I was terrified to open this to be honest. You know when your confidence has been squashed? I felt like that last night...Alex cut it open while I closed my eyes lol...I actually got emotional when I saw that it was looking just as it should be!! I will have to transcribe this recipe on my cheese blog soon, because I got it from a wonderful member of the Cheese Forum who was very helpful and gave me a lot of good tips. I think that for the most part, I'm done with the New England Cheese Making's recipes. All the ones I made from them didn't turn out well at all. Life and Cheese Lessons Learned! :)


I made a loaf of my bread last night too, and Joyce from October Farm's Rustic Olive Bread Sticks. Thank you Joyce, they were delicious!!! What a nice meal!! The Camembert stunk up the village that's for sure! That made me nervous that it could be too strong, but the taste was between mild and strong - just perfect!! Now I just have to perfect a patΓ© recipe of my own! That Imperial Cheddar spread though...that's one store-bought cheese that still tastes good, so for now, we'll keep buying it occasionally for a treat!

Marsha from Lefty Crafter, asked me a while back about cost. When I made the Camemberts, I made two of them. Each wheel takes half a gallon of milk and half a cup of full cream. Including the small amounts of bacteria cultures, I calculated that my cost is about $5.00 Canadian per wheel. VERY reasonable! As I post about the cheeses we try, I'll post my costs too. It's hard to figure out the Cheddars at this point considering my first two babies were trashed. But I'm going to concentrate on the successes now! This cheese is easy to make also. We are letting the second wheel age another 2 weeks to see if the flavour changes. I will be making these regularly! In fact I have to get some milk to make more tomorrow! :))


It started to snow this morning during my first dog walk. The woods are so beautiful under a blanket of snow. I can take the dogs in the woods until the new year usually, then it gets too deep to walk in.


So much to see, smell and hear for these sweet dogs in the woods! I'm so happy I can do this for them...and for me! By the way, the regimen of daily fish oil, B vitamins, leg massage, yoga and gentle strength training for my legs and core is really working! I can sleep through the night without that zapping pain all down my left leg and knee! The walks are still a little gimpy, but I feel that I'm healing. I just have to make sure I keep it up and be careful. I don't want to ever miss a morning like this! :) I hope everyone is having a very nice Sunday! :)

50 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Oh how lovely is that cheese?!?! I only dabble in mozzarella and farmers cheese but plan to expand this winter. We have the milk so no more excuses. Love your wooded snowy photos. Happy puppies for sure

Rain said...

Thank you Donna :)) That cheese made me proud! :) This cheese isn't so bad regarding the time other cheeses usually take. But you do need the right Camembert molds or you won't get that nice wheel shape. One thing I've learned is that having the proper tools is a better recipe for success. The pups are very happy! They all love the snow except for our little hound Jack who hates getting cold or wet lol!

kymber said...

Rain - your camembert looks deeevine! i would take some of it and melt in the oven, just a little melty and then spread it on homemade toasted bread and homemade cranberry sauce! heck - throw in a heated pear as well! i love pate and have made a bunch of different ones but my fave is beef liver pate with red wine and onions in it. then i make crispy onions to go on top.

i am glad you had a smashing success with your camambert and that it will give you the impetus to keep making cheese. i love cheese but just can't have too much or too often. jambaloney has stayed off cheese for almost a year now. but me? i need a bit of cheese in my life!

all of your animals look so well-behaved and happy! i am super glad that you are healing up with your regimen and daily walks. that is great news!

sending love to you all! your friend,
kymber

Mama Pea said...

First off, congratulations on your Camembert success! I had no doubt you'd turn out some very wonderful cheeses with your try and try again attitude. (The learning curve and failed attempts occur in any craft that's worth learning, don't they?) Glad you're going to keep it up.

Your morning dog walking scene looks much like what we've had lately. So far our three snows that have covered the ground have melted and this morning (after an all-night rain) we're back to green grass. Even these light snowfalls are early for us, but it's helping me settle into the long winter which I love.

Happy Sunday to you and Alex and all the furry creatures in your family!

Rain said...

Hi Kymber :) I used to make baked Brie with cranberries and pecans...your version sounds nice, any melty cheese combination is great for me! PatΓ© will be on my "to do" list probably after the new year. I'm really picky with taste and there is only one store-bought kind I like so I'm going to try to recreate it! I couldn't go without my addiction for that long lol. I have to keep up the regimen for life now you know. I stopped the fish oil for a while because it's so darn expensive, but then the leg pain got worse, so it's for life now. And I'm enjoying the strength training again, even though it's light. I used to love going to the gym back in the day! :)

Rain said...

Hi Mama Pea :) Thank you! You're right about the learning curve...I actually thought it would be the opposite though, I thought the "bloomy whites" would be harder to achieve over the other cheeses, but it's been the opposite. I'm glad I didn't let that latest disappointment control me though.

I don't mind the snow at all right now! It'll probably all melt here too soon, there is a lot of rain in the forecast this week. It's very good pajama weather that's for sure!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the cheese is a thing of beauty! glad you like those bread sticks! i have a killer smooth chicken liver pate' recipe on my blog that is the best pate' i've ever had. there is a country pate' recipe too that is very good!

Rain said...

Oooh thank you Joyce! I will be searching for those recipes. The patΓ© I love is the country style especially. Oh yeah, the bread sticks were a big hit! I had to use regular olives, but next time I'll buy the good ones! :)

Stefanie said...

It looks perfect; I'm drooling. We just had a triple cream brie from France and a jalapeno hard cheese Friday at Craft Night. I had organic grapes and sweetened pecans also as side dishes to the cheeses.

John M said...

It's still too warm for snow out by us. It feels more like September, very strange.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Darn now I have this craving for cheese again, I shouldn't have looked. Soon you will need photos to remember what the ground looked like!

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) I can't believe I made a Camembert!! I love those triple creams and I've discovered that it all has to do with cream content. If my recipe calls for 1/2 gallon of milk and 1/2 cup of cream, I can triple the cream, then reduce the milk and I officially have a triple cream Cam! :) I love nuts and fruit with cheese too, darn, I have pecans and didn't think of putting them on the tray!

Rain said...

Hi John :) I think that the seasons are all shifting...we'll get this light snow for a few months then bombardment from January through to May.

Rain said...

Hi Gill :) Will I jinx my luck if I say I'm looking forward to more snow? EEEK...I said it! It's just so beautiful and the dogs love it. But the shoveling...gosh, can't avoid that! I need to put warning signs when I post my cheeses! :)

Christine said...

wow it's time for snow tires. Your Camembert looks amazing congrats on your success. Glad your leg is responding to treatment.

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I got the snow tires on November 2nd! No fooling around here...it always feels too sun, but it's so pretty in the woods! :)

Jenn said...

Yaaaay for camembert and that the zapping pain is improving! The cover of snow looks so pretty with the dogs in the woods. We had a huge dump of snow last week, I had got my winter tires in just in time!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oh Rain, I'm so happy for you! That is great news. And the cheese looks perfect. I'm really glad you got this boost of encouragement. It's a sign to keep on going! LOL And also good news about that pain being gone. I bet you're so relieved.

You live in such a beautiful area. Very relaxing for you and the dogs.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

BRAVA for your camembert! That's the thing with any new recipes for anything -- some work out and some go straight into the garbage. I've made my fair share of the latter!

Harry Flashman said...

Your cheese looks wonderful, and what a skill to have for a self sufficient lifestyle. You know what goes into what you are eating and that's good, especially these days. Looking at the pictures of the dogs out walking, it looks like you are in a really nice area. They sure do seem to be happy. I'm glad you are doing better with the legs. I try to walk once a day, both to keep muscle tone and to keep my weight down. It does help you to feel better.

Leigh said...

Oh Rain, the Camembert is beautiful! I'm absolutely thrilled for you! And I'm so glad you're encouraged. I have to tell you that probably my first two dozen cheeses weren't edible and that I gave up for a couple of years. The difference is that I had chickens and pigs to appreciate my failures, LOL. Never any waste with critters. There is truly a knack to making cheese that seems only to be learned through the doing, similar to wine and bread making. You go girl!

Kristina said...

It looks great. We are getting swamped with rain. No snow yet, but somehow it would be better than flooding and tornadoes.

Marsha said...

I am doing a happy dance for you and your Cam cheese. I am so glad ypu had a success. Now you just need to find the perfect cheddar recipe. The cost for the cam is quite reasonable too. So now ypi have 2 cheeses ( cam and moz) that are great. You are doing fantastic.

Pam Jackson said...

OH MY.....SNOW! I love snow but for us here in TN....it is too early for us for sure! Love the pics of the fur babes in the snow. Cheese...you amaze me.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Hurray for the cheese success!!!! I could surely eat Camembert daily! :)

We had a good snowfall Saturday. In total I think about 10 cms has fallen so far. Stupid. Winter came in with a bang and doesn't look like its leaving.

How perfect to walk the woods in the snow!?! Love that....

Susan said...

That is one beautiful cheese! You really have it down, girl! I am waiting for snow - I know it's coming... I don't think there is much better than a walk in a quiet, snow-covered woods.

Sam I Am...... said...

Congratulations!!!! I am SO happy for you! You have worked so hard on these cheeses and you are a real pioneer! What does Cammenburt (spelling?) cheese taste like? I don't think I have ever had it. Arkansas is definitely not the gourmet capital of the world for sure! LOL! It's gotten colder here but no snow....it is beautiful there! The heat is on here for sure. Fall was very short lived this year. Not a lot of window washing weather! The breads look delish.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The Camembert looks great Rain! Huzzah!

The snow makes me laugh. We have been in the mid 80's F (26 C) and are "dropping" to 40 - 50 F (4 to 10 C) tonight. Winter may finally be here.

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) Our snow has all melted since I posted that photo, but I know it's not long before we get our "dump" of snow too! We got our tires put on last week. The snow puts me in a Christmassy mood! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) I'm so happy too...with all those little failures I was pretty down about all this! We have one more Cam to try in a few weeks, we wan't to see if there is any difference in flavour, I read they shouldn't be aged more than 6 weeks so that'll be the limit for the second one...I have to find time to make some more so we have them for Christmas!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) It's hard to throw a wheel of cheese into the trash though...to me that's a sin lol! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Harry :) I'm so happy I started cheese making and I'm learning what my strengths are and which ones I should just leave out of our menu. The next step is raw milk...but that will take some time to set up! I have found that not being active makes the pain worse, so I'm doing what you do, active every day. Two dog walks, some strength training and lots of stretching is really helping a lot, I'm sleeping so much better too. The area where I live really is beautiful until you step out of the woods, lol..still too many people for my liking! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Leigh :) I'm SO happy about the Camembert! It might be a while before I try a new cheese out though...I'll stick to what works for now! I know what you mean about the learning curve...I hope I have that curve learned now!

Rain said...

Thanks Kristina :) Yes, I rather have snow than what you guys are dealing with right now. Hope everyone is safe!

Rain said...

Thanks Marsha, I'm dancing right with you! :) At this point, we haven't really tasted the Cheddar I made yet...the ones with the coating kind of ruined it all...but I do have three in the cheese cave. The one I was going to age for a year, we decided we'll make it a three-month Cheddar and we'll open it around mid-December. If we like the taste, I'll be set on my recipe! If not, I'll find a better one that's for sure! The cost is really good for a Camembert...we can't find a wheel that size, with a nice flavour, for under $15 dollars here!

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) All the snow has since melted, but it'll be back soon, I saw some in the forecast for the weekend! I really makes the woods very peaceful, I love those walks with the dogs. :)

Rain said...

Thanks Dianna :)) I could eat Camembert daily too...but I just don't want us to get sick of it! When I reach the point where I have several successful cheeses, I want to make a rotation schedule of making them, so we always have a different cheese ready to munch on! Dreams lol... The walk in the woods was really nice that morning...the dogs LOVED it! Except for Jack...he needs his big coat when it gets below zero! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Susan :) Snow is definitely coming to us! I'm actually hoping for a little more soon. The rain is making the woods so muddy, I think I sank half a foot this morning in the mud. A little freeze would help! I'm so happy about the Camembert, and even more happy that I can rely on this recipe now! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Sam :)) How do I describe Camembert??? I'm not very good at that. It's very creamy...it's slightly sharp...buttery...earthy...stinky lol...it's hard to describe. It tastes awesome on a baguette and with a little red wine and some fruit. If you do get into cheese making this winter, I'll send you my recipe and all the ingredients you'll need to buy...I think it's an easy one to make, even though I've read that it's "intermediate". If you're a cheese lover, you will LOVE it. :) We have the heat on now too, can't avoid it. The basement is all set at 10 Celcius so we don't have freezing feet...and I'll be honest, I'm not looking forward to the Hydro bills this winter...this rental is leaky...one more winter after this then we'll be moving. The owner doesn't care to renovate, so we waste a lot of money on heat every winter...

Rain said...

Thanks TB :) You're funny :)...I often complain about the cold weather, but I love the seasons a lot and I don't think I'd be happy with 26 weather in November!! :) I'm SO happy about the Camembert...have you made any?

baili said...

How dare to doubt your skills dear Rain:)

i am so proud of you that achieved your target successfully and made this WONDERFUL looking cheese .i laughed over the mentioning that you were scared to cut it and Alex did this for you how sweet!

I am glad that your oil massage is doing good to your left leg .
since sew years in winters either my left knee has little swelling and pain specially when i get up after sitting for little while.

Your morning looks frosty though yet so magical and i love your love for life and being active all the time .
i adore your postive way of thinking and investing your energy in in right thing on right times .
Hugs!

RO said...

Your beautiful dogs look totally fascinated with the snow, and I am too. The picture is truly lovely. Kudos on the success with the cheese, and it looks perfectly yummy. I really adore anything with the salty taste of olives included, and would definitely go crazy with the bread you made. Hugs...RO

Rain said...

Thank you Baili :)) I really am so happy that the Camembert worked out, it has motivated me tremendously! I really did close my eyes when Alex cut it lol...I was imagining blue and green little monsters all over the inside lol...but we all know my active imagination too! :) The weather got really cold overnight and my knee is hurting a little more, but the cold does that to me too. The dogs are loving the snow!

Rain said...

Thank you RO :)) You should try Joyce's recipe, those olive bread sticks are easy to make and they taste so delicious. I'm going to make some more, we snack on them now! The dogs love the snow...well, not little Jack, he's too sensitive lol. Doesn't like to get cold, but the huskies and the big dogs LOVE it...they don't want to come back inside!

Nicole Thomas said...

Oh it looks delicious. Snow and cheese and all :)

Sandi said...

You made cheese!!!

That’s a superpower.


Rain said...

I'm so pleased that the Camembert turned out Nik...it was really nice, now I just have to figure out how to make it more 'runny'!!

Rain said...

Lol...thank you Sandi! :)

Alvin45 said...

Rain hi, Have been reading your blog for some time, quite impressive. Can you post the cheese making equipment and instructions to make Camembert. Was in France in the 70's and fell in love with it but cannot find here in the southeast US. Did not realize that is could be easily replicated. Also can you include information on your cheese cave, equipment humidity and temperatures. Hope your leg gets better.
Many thanx
Alvin 45

Rain said...

Hi Alvin :) Thank you! :) I do have another blog called Rainy Day Cheese Making that I started in July when I began my cheese making adventure! There aren't too many posts, but feel free to check it out. Here are some other links for you so you don't have to search too much:

How I set up my cave: I don't have a specific post on this, but it's got lots of info about my "cave" in this post.

Camembert Recipe: This is the one I use. I got it from a wonderful member of the Cheese Forum. His name is "Ozzie Cheese" and he posted his recipe and methods on the forum. I really recommend you check out the forum, you don't have to post but the information on that forum is priceless.

I hope the links work!