One of the most common question to come up in a cheesemaking workshop is “What should I make?” The easiest response is, “What do you like to eat?” It is a great place to start. You will have to eat the stuff eventually and if you do not like it, then why waste the money and time to make the stuff?
Many people are familiar with certain dairy products. Many are regional favorites. Cheese curds when you visit your aunt in Wisconsin or cousin in New York, for example. Variations to those recipes are also seen in different regions. If you are not familiar with the different dairy products, it is often helpful to do a tasting of the various products that seem interesting to you and your family.
To do a tasting, it is handy to:
Narrow the above list down to a dozen different ideas or less. Then go through the following list of questions to narrow your process down a little further: