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Curd Nerd Newsletter Edition #21
G'day Curd Nerds. This week we have a right little stinker of German origin. Handkäse is the cheese featured in this week's newsletter!


Handkäse is a small, translucent, yellow cheese with a pungent aroma that some people may find unpleasant. It is round in shape and was originally formed by hand hence the translated name of Hand Cheese. Nowadays, it is made using commercial machinery and resembles a hockey puck.

It is a specialty cheese from the southern part of the State of Hesse in Germany and is served in bars and restaurants in many cities and towns in this region.

Often served as an appetizer or as a snack with Apfelwein (Ebbelwoi or cider), Handkäse is traditionally topped with chopped or sliced onions, locally known as "Handkäse mit Musik" (literally: hand cheese with music). It is usually eaten with caraway on it; in many areas, it is served on the side.

This cheese certainly had an acquired flavour when eaten alone, however with the addition of the onion marinade softens the cheese and the combination of flavours is delightful.

Other Cheese News!

Ben and I have been working on the next cheese-making video tutorial this week. Dry Jack in all its glory will be published in the next week so watch out for that on the YouTube channel. It is originally from California, USA and is quite a unique cheese as it uses no press to form the cheese and it has a belly button! It will be matured over the next 3 to 6 months.

I missed last week's livestream due to illness, but I will be back this weekend on Ask the Cheeseman to answer all of your home cheesemaking questions. See you there!

Next week - Handkäse mit Musik

Next week's newsletter video is Handkäse mit Musik where I show you how I made the raw onion marinate to make this musical dish.

In my mind, there is no confusion about where the name of this dish stems from! More on that next week.

Special Offer of the Week

This month's limited-time special offer is a discount on all cheese kits that we have in stock. Use the coupon code cheesekits in checkout or cart to get a 10% discount off the entire cheese kit range until midnight tonight on February 29th.

Artisan Cheese Kit

$225.00 inc GST

The ultimate kit for cheese lovers and curd nerds!  The Artisan Cheese Kit has everything you need to create 19 delicious fresh and aged hard cheeses at home. Just add milk! No artificial flavours and preservative free.

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Artisan Cheese Kit

Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit

mozzarella and ricotta cheese making kit

$67.50 inc GST

This Mozzarella and Ricotta kit is ideal for beginners.  In no time flat, you can be sampling your creation with a slice of homegrown tomato, basil, and some freshly baked bread.  I can think of nothing better as a summer treat.

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Fresh Cheese Kit

$79.95 inc GST

Delicious fresh cheese made in your own kitchen!  The Fresh Cheese Kit by Mad Millie provides you with everything you need to make an array of fresh artisan cheese at home. Just add fresh milk!

Instructions to make Feta, Halloumi, Cream Cheese, Cottage Cheese, and Quark.

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Mad Millie Fresh Cheese Kit

Camembert Kit

$164.60 inc GST

This Camembert Kit makes 25 batches of Camembert Cheese, with each batch producing 4 individual Camembert wheels. This is an Intermediate Cheese Kit, ideal for those with some cheese-making experience.

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Camembert Kit
Thanks for reading and don't forget that if you have any questions about cheese making or want to book some consultation time with me, just reply to this email and I'll get back to you promptly.

Yours in Cheese,
Gavin Webber
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