Learn how to make fresh goat cheeses from our own farm-fresh goat's milk as well as other cheeses using regular store-bought milk. Whether you want to take a class in our farm kitchen, through a local community learning program, or host a cheesemaking class in your own kitchen, this is a fun, educational and tasty way to learn a new skill!
Summer/Fall 2012 Cheesemaking Classes
Kate will be teaching several cheesemaking classes in the Briar Gate Farm kitchen in the late summer and fall. Please see dates and descriptions below and register to learn how to make tasty cheeses yourself! A brief farm tour and visit with our small dairy goat herd will be offered following each class.
Friday, September 7th 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Goat Cheeses and Ricotta Learn how to make soft goat cheese and fresh ricotta in your own kitchen.
You'll learn the basics about farm-fresh vs store-bought milks, the differences
between goat and cow's milk, and enjoy samples of the cheeses while you follow along with the step-by-step instructions provided. Class Fee: $30 Location: Briar Gate Farm Kitchen, 11227 N 66th St. Longmont, CO Cheese samples and recipe booklets will be provided To register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, September 14th 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mozzarella Learn how to make delicious Mozzarella with farm-fresh or store-bought milk.
Minimal equipment and ingredients needed and the results are well worth the
effort! Class Fee: $30 Location: Briar Gate Farm kitchen, 11227 N 66th St., Longmont, CO Cheese samples and recipe booklets will be provided To register, please e-mail email@example.com
Friday, October 19th 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Feta and Queso Fresco Learn how to make delicious Feta (a Greek cheese) and Queso Fresco (a Latin American quick farm cheese) in your own kitchen with farm-fresh or store-bought milk. Minimal equipment and ingredients needed and the results are well worth the effort! Class Fee: $30 Location: Briar Gate Farm kitchen, 11227 N 66th St. Longmont, CO Cheese samples and recipe booklets will be provided To register, please e-mail Kate@briargatefarm.com
Friday, November 2nd 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Introduction to Hard Cheesemaking Learn the basic skills and equipment needed to make hard cheeses at home using farm-fresh or store-bought milk. We will start with an Italian hard cheese that needs minimal equipment and a short aging time but is very delicious! Class Fee: $30 Location: Briar Gate Farm kitchen, 11227 N 66th St., Longmont, CO Cheese samples and recipe booklets will be provided To register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheesemaking Classes in the Briar Gate Farm Kitchen
Get a group of friends together and schedule a cheesemaking class in our kitchen. Classes can be anywhere from one to three hours in length and can be custom designed to meet your needs. Each participant will receive step-by-step instructions for the cheeses made and enjoy delicious cheese samples throughout the class.
Cheese samples and wine/sparkling cider provided $30 per person for 1-hour class; $15/hr per person for each additional hour minimum 8 people; maximum 12
Invite your friends to your kitchen for a fun and educational, hands-on cheesemaking class for beginners. You supply the guests and I'll supply the class, materials, recipe booklets and samples for everyone. Classes can be one to three hours in length.
Also great as a fundraiser - can be taught in church or community center kitchens as well!
Space for as many people as your kitchen will hold! Cheese samples provided $25 per person for 1-hour class; $10/hour per person for each additional hour
minimum 8 people
(travel fee for any distance further than 15 minutes from Briar Gate Farm)
~ Wonderful class, fantastic cheese, beautiful presentation; money and time well spent. Thank you! -SM
~ Do you love to cook and learn new things? Do you want to "go local"? Then this is the class for you! - BR
~ I recommend this class to all those interested in making their own cheeses from scratch. It is so simple that even a beginner can accomplish this rewarding task! -JE
~ We learned so much is such a short time - Kate is a fabulous teacher! The cheese tasting was pretty wonderful, too! -SE
~ Your class was extremely informative for me, and it was also a lot of fun! -CB
~ The class size was small enough to be comfortable and see everything well... I'm glad I took this class. -ZH
~ I had a great experience taking Kate's cheese class. It was really fun and informative for my culinary journey. -SKS
~ I would recommend this to anyone who likes to cook or would like to cook. Absoultely wonderful!! -JG
"Give a man cheese and you feed him for a day; teach a man to make cheese and he will realize that the concept of time is a conspiracy designed to distract people from constantly making cheese."
Cheesy Dessert Recipe!
Brownies with Chevre Swirls
4 ounces chevre, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
6 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar (I like raw sugar for its richer flavor)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Make swirl: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 8-inch square nonstick baking pan. Using electric mixer, beat chevre and butter in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add honey and beat until well blended. Beat in egg. Mix in flour. Set mixture aside.
Make brownies: Stir baking chocolate and butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in chocolate mixture and extracts. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread half of chocolate batter in prepared pan. Using rubber spatula, spread 1/2 of chevre mixture over chocolate batter. Spread the rest of the browning mix in pan and cover with the rest of the chevre mixture. Using tip of knife, gently swirl through batter, forming marble design. Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Cool brownies in pan on rack. Cut into squares.