Shaping & Draining Mold

Why Is a Cheese Press Used? Making hard cheese requires the use of mechanically applied pressure to compress the curd. You may think that the cheese press is used to remove whey from the curd but, most of the free whey must be drained off prior to pressing. The press is used to cause the curd to mat together. This process is called knitting. Cheese curds have a thin membrane of fat on their surface. This prevents the curds from joining together on their own. As pressure is applied, the individual curds are squeezed causing the fat membrane to open and expose the interior of the curd. When the exposed curds touch each other they bond together creating a single block of cheese.

homemade cheese tray

Cheese Making

Making Cheese is Easy When You Use Our Supplies and Methods.