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Burns Night

Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January, 1759. He was witty, unbridled creatively, and driven. He believed in equality and could not stomach hypocrisy. He was a fiercely proud Scot. All of these virtues have become ingrained in what it is to be Scottish, and are the reasons why we celebrate his birthday each year. What better way to honour the great man's life than through poetry and food? Each Burns Night has its own unique flavour, but most have at least Read More...

Tweet to eat

We've had some truly fantastic pictures sent in over the past few weeks. It seems like Santa was very generous with his Big Cheese Making Kits this year. We've added lots of your photos to our Your Cheesy Snaps. Is yours there? Just after Christmas, one of our lovely Twitter followers, Amber Smith, sent us a series of tweets and photos of her halloumi making escapades, and I thought I'd share them with you here. It started with a tweet. https://twitter.com/Kid_Kadoo/status/551169532958887936 We started to Read More...

Whey to go!

One of our lovely Twitter followers, @Reddoorgarden, recently pondered the use of the whey from their cheese making. A retweet later and The Big Cheese Community was offering advice on different ways to use leftover whey. This seemed a good idea for a blog post. Whey: what is it? Whey is a liquid by-product of cheese making, gathered after milk has been curdled and strained. Whey consists of milk sugars, minerals, albuminous protein, and of course water. It contains all the essential Read More...

Your Cheesy Christmas Snaps

Happy New Year lovely cheese makers! For our first blog of 2015, we thought we'd have a look at some of the wonderful photos  you've sent in over the festive season.     @becsimms: Santa (@spellstef) got me a goats cheese making kit for Christmas! Can't wait to try it out...     @wee_sweetie: Sister LOVES her mozzarella kit!     @RhiannonEvans14: Definitely winner of most exciting Christmas present @bigcheesemaking love halloumi can't wait to give it a spin!     @littlemegmum: Look what I got for Crimbo!!!! Too yummy for Border Terriers me thinks!!!     @johill2009's wonderful goat cheese!       @Happy_Appetite: Great Read More...

Big Cheese Round Up

Hello! It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, else it is here at Big Cheese HQ! You may have seen us in various newspapers and magazines over the last few weeks, so we thought we'd do a wee blog that pops all the recent exciting Big Cheese press in one place! Just click on the photos to see the full article! First up, this fantastic piece on cheese making by @emmacowing in The Daily Mail.   Next this wonderful article in Prima Baby Read More...

This Christmas Vs My First Christmas by Ailsa

I launched The Big Cheese Making Kit in September 2012 from my spare room. I bought enough ingredients to make 400 Big Cheese Making Kits. I thought that would be plenty to see me through Christmas and into January 2013....that was far from the case! I launched the Kits on our website www.bigcheesemakingkit.com and www.notonthehighstreet.com on the same day and sales started trickling in immediately. I was making the Kits myself and my the end of the first week I Read More...

What I really want for Christmas by Jonathan

The best present I've ever received was a surprise Super Nintendo from my parents. I am now 26 and I probably would still be pretty happy with that present. Here are 5 things I am hoping Santa, Jim Carey or whoever it is this year will bring me: Self Tying Nike Trainers Nike made a promise that by the end of 2014 they would be selling self tying shoes - much like Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future. Where are my Read More...

Why the Chilli Hamper is my favourite

I've always been a massive chilli fan, I'll happily eat it everyday and it forms the basis of lots of my signature dishes. That's why I was so excited to be 'shopping' for ingredients for our Big Chilli Hamper! We are so lucky that we get to spend time at foodie shows meeting other suppliers so they were our first port of call when we were making up the Hampers. The lovely people at Perthshire Oatcakes are behind our Handmade Chilli Read More...

Jonathan’s Cheese Making Tips

As a male who has limited kitchen (and life) skills, I thought making my own Halloumi/Mozzarella was out of the question. But I took on the task of making cheese for the first time using our kits and it was a total success. Give me some milk I can now whip up some of our cheeses in about 40 minutes. As long as you follow these simple Tips - your cheese making will be spot on. - READ THE INSTRUCTIONS - Read More...

Top 10 Cool Christmas Jumpers

  We’ve done a list of our favourite cheesy Christmas jumpers, now here’s our top 10 cool Christmas jumpers. Of course, one person’s cool is another person’s cheese… 1: Star Wars Darth Vadar Official Christmas Sweater   2. ASOS Christmas Jumper With Rudolph Winter Scene     3. Navy Reindeer Xmas Jumper         4. Are we there yet?         5. Black Olaf Do You Want To Build A Snowman 6. Die Hard Christmas Jumper       7. Fargo Knit Sweater   8. Apres Ski     9. F&F Neon Reindeer Fair Read More...