Lesson 8A: How To Make Cheese Course | What IS A Cheesemonger?
What is a cheesemonger? What does a cheesemonger do? How do you become a cheese monger? Why are they so important when it comes to learning how to make cheese? IS IT ONE WORD OR TWO?????
(Hint: it’s one…we think)
Meet Veronique Kherian, cheesemonger at Cowgirl Creamery and also a blogger for Miss Cheesmonger.com, which focuses on not just cheese but lifestyle pieces, kitchens, tableware, and more. Veronique actually set out to be a lawyer, but fate had other plans. In this short video, we introduce you to Veronique and her story; how she uncovered that vast and complicated world of cheesemaking, and how the “cheese rabbit hole” kept getting longer and deeper and more fascinating. We come back to our favorite new monger for a more in-depth look at what she does right after this video, but we wanted to give you a quick glimpse into this world first.
In this video:
- Meet cheesemonger Veronique Kherian.
- Learn how she got started in the world of cheese.
- Find out why she moved to the Bay Area (hint: it was for the cheese).
- Check out her amazing blog.
- And much more.
BONUS DOWNLOAD: 10 Pieces of Advice for Choosing Cheese
BONUS DOWNLOAD: Tips On Buying Cheese
BONUS DOWNLOAD: Tips On Storing Cheese
BONUS DOWNLOAD: Pairing Cheese & Wine
Lesson 8B: Cheese: How To Eat | How To Buy | How To Pair | How To Serve
Veronique drops her mad skills on everything from how to store cheese to how to eat cheese. Can you eat the rind? How do you shop for cheese? What sorts of thing are you looking for (texture, smell, type of wrapping, etc.)? In the words of Ms. Kherian, “TRUST THE MONGER!!!” And we do, my dear. We so do. The cheesemonger’s job is to share the story of cheese. They are the last person on a cheese’s journey before it comes in contact with the consumer. They let the consumer know what has gone into the cheese (the land, the animal, the process, and beyond). Veronique understands that shopping for cheese can be daunting, but she will show you how to make it a fun and fantastic journey. In this video:
- What do you look for in a cheese?
- How do you store cheese?
- How to tell a cheese is ripe?
- Is mold a good thing or a bad thing?
- How to serve cheese.
- Cheese knife tutorial.
- What is the difference between cow cheese, goat cheese, and sheep cheese?
- And much more.
Now that you’re deep into the world of a cheesemonger, check out these great quick tutorials from Formaticum:
How to wrap a piece of cheese:
How to wrap like a pro:
How to store soft cheese: