Now that we’re resigned to staring at the same four walls and flatmates in perpetuity, it’s an ideal time to take up something creative. In ordinary life, hobbies - especially those that require a major non-pecuniary investment - might feel like a luxury. Now, we all have the capacity to indulge in something where time is just as important as money.
If you have had your interest piqued by the legions of online bread enthusiasts, but don’t fancy yourself as a baker, there may be an equally delicious alternative. Instead of spending your days gushing over the status of your sourdough starter like an overbearing parent, this may be the moment to start your career as an amateur cheesemonger. Thanks to one exciting Scottish enterprise, this has never been easier to do.
Based in the small town of Haddington, about 10 miles East of Edinburgh, “The Big Cheese Making Kit” is a business that delivers exactly what it says on the tin. Shipping to all parts of the country, the company specialises in providing a range of cheesy building blocks, allowing customers to nurture their own delicious cheeses without leaving the house.
The “Shop” features no less than six separate cheesemaking kits, ranging from the standard “Ultimate” kit, through to more niche “Mediterranean”, “Mozarella and Ricotta” and “Vegan” kits, meaning you can cater for any preferences.
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Each kit comes packed with added extras to make every step of the process as simple as possible. For instance, in the detailed description for the “Ultimate” kit, the company states that:
“The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit now makes an amazing 10 different cheeses instead of 8! It comes with a range of herbs and spices, 3 cheese moulds, and a glorious recipe book. There’s enough ingredients to make a whopping 40 batches, and the Kit has a shelf life of at least 12 months.”
Though the website states that the majority of stockists are resident in the UK, the kits are also available abroad. Big Cheese Making products can be bought in stores as far afield as South Africa and Denmark, while American customers can get hold of an Ultimate kit on Amazon for just $44. If you’ve ever fancied turning your hand to homemade cheddar, now’s your chance to get stuck in.