DIY Cheese Press

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Here is a cheap DIY cheese press you can make at home for not a lot of money. If you do decide to try your hand at cheese making, I highly recommend using raw milk if it is available in your area. The curd size of store bought are about the size of a nickle, and raw milk curds are about the size of a golf ball due to the protein and fat content.

Materials List

  1.  6 inch pvc connector fitting
  2. Two 3/4×12 threaded iron pipe
  3. 2 screw down fittings for the pipe
  4. 6 inch cast iron damper
  5. Scrap piece of 4 inch pvc
  6. Scrap pieces of wood

Assemble your materials.

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Cut two pieces of wood 14 inches long.

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Do a test layout.

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Screw down the connectors.

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Hand tighten the pipes into the connectors.

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Use a saw to smooth any rough ends of the pipe.

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Starting to look like something.

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Lay the base on it’s side to figure where the pipes will line up.

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Mark the centers on the boards and use a 1 1/4 wood bit and drill out the guide holes, since the pipe is only 3/4 there will be some play for the top board to fit.

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Remove the handle from the damper.

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It acts as the push block for the press.

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Assemble and make sure the clearance is good once you add the curds.

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If needed, use the chop saw and cut of another 3 inches off the 4 inch pvc pipe.

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To use the press, lay down some paper towels on top of the board.

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Line the larger diameter pipe with a piece of cloth.

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After draining your curds; set them into the lined pipe.

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Fold the material over.

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Set the damper on top of it.

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Set the 4 inch pipe on top of the damper, put the push board on the pipes and add some weight.

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Swap out the paper towels every 1/2 hour, and after 3 hours pull everything apart.

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Unwrap your cheese and admire your work.

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Flip the cheese over and press it again for a couple more hours.

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The total cost for making this DIY cheese press was less than $32. For more recipes and ideas, here is a great book that I can recommend from my personal library. Enjoy your cheese!

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