Cheese press

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An improvised cheese press
Another improvised cheese press

A cheese press is a device used to exert a constant pressure on cheese during the manufacturing process. The cheese is usually wrapped in cheesecloth and placed inside a 2 part cheese mould. This step helps to bind the curds together and is usually completed over a 24/48 hour period.

Commercial presses are available, but there are many ways for the home cheesemaker to improvise one.

Do a Creative Commons search and see how many different ways people have found to press cheese using everyday household items!

Simple weight system

Water is a very easy way to provide an accurate and known weight for a press. 1 pint = 1 lb so 1 gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds.

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