2011 March Weekend Cheesemaking Classes
By: Sue (Apr 9, 2011)
I just spent a wonderful weekend at Merryl's 2-day cheesemaking classes in March, 2011.
I am a cheesemaker with several years of experience and an "instructor" who has taught cheesemaking - mostly to individuals or couples. My plans are to expand to offer regularly scheduled classes in my area of the country. As part of my preparation for that expansion, I am taking classes at several locations throughout the country to observe different instructional styles, in addition to learning as much about the art of cheesemaking as I possibly can.
I first read about Merryl and her classes through one of the cheesemaking supply companies. After reading a bit more at her website, I knew that this was one of the classes that I wanted to attend. I contacted her on the phone and let her know my goals, and had the most pleasant and enjoyable conversation. Merryl is one of those people who loves what she's doing and strives for excellence, but she doesn't have that, "Im so good you could never attain to my standards," attitude. After you meet and talk with Merryl, you feel as though you've made a good friend that you can talk with about your common interests for hours.
You can take a look at her website to get the specifics of what's offered in her various classes which are conducted in her home in an informal, friendly atmosphere in which everyone gets their hands into the pot (quite literally)! Even after having made cheese (and studied cheesemaking) for several years, taking these classes provided lots of tips and the opportunity to see aspects of the process in a way that was extremely helpful for my own cheesemaking practice. I would certainly recommend her classes to anyone who wants to get started with cheesemaking.
AND DON'T FORGET... After you've taken one of her classes she has given an open-invitation to contact her at any time with your on-going questions...and she really means it! If you don't take advantage of that, you have no one to blame but yourself!
Thank you, Merryl, for the great experience...and for welcoming us into your home.
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