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Discover the art of cheese making with a variety of classes in Los Angeles. Learn the secrets of crafting your own gourmet cheeses and impress your friends with your newfound culinary skills.

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Cheese Making Series: All Three Milkcrafting Series

Institute of Domestic Technology @ Mariposa Creamery, Altadena, CA

You will learn dairy products that can be made easily at home. Also how to make age mold-ripened cheeses, and feta. Lastly, we will exercise the basic backbone of cheese making using Gouda as our vehicle. All workshops will take place at Mariposa Creamery, on the grounds of the historic Zane Grey Estate, in Altadena. Details and directions will be sent to each participant upon registration. Milkcrafting 101 (First Saturday) There are a great...

(11) All levels 16 and older
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Cheese 101

Andrew's Cheese Shop @ 728 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

In our Cheese 101 course Andrew teaches the history, origin and the basics about cheese. We also have many of the most famous cheeses available to sample! The class is about 1 & ½ hrs. long, and Andrew will have you laughing the whole way through! Super date idea, for you or your friends. We will provide water and soft drinks BUT you can feel free to bring your own adult beverages to have with the cheeses. Feel free to ask questions throughout...

(15) All levels 18 and older
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Cashew Cheeses and Coconut Yogurt

The King's Roost @ 3734 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Learn how to make and ferment delicious nut cheeses and coconut yogurt. We'll go over all the basic supplies and ingredients, and then dive into making cashew nacho cheese & cashew cilantro sour cream, fermented pistachio cheese, and coconut yogurt. Class includes samples, recipes, and a batch of nut cheese and coconut yogurt to take home to ferment.

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Holiday Cheese Making Workshop

The King's Roost

Chef Lisa Nunez-Hancock will show you how to turn goat's milk into festive rosemary cranberry goat cheese. You will go home with a sample of what you make in class.

(68) All levels 18 and older
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Natural Cheesemaking

Institute of Domestic Technology

Explore the world of cheesemaking without the use of laboratory-grown, freeze-dried cultures with celebrated cheesemaker David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking. An organic farmer, farmstead cheesemaker and educator at his Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking located in British Columbia, David will show you how diverse cheeses are related, and how they can evolve from an organically inspired cheesemaking philosophy....

(11) All levels 16 and older
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Mozzarella & Ricotta + Dinner with Chef Andy

The King's Roost @ 3732 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese with Chef Andy Have you ever wondered how mozzarella is made? How do cheese curds transform into a stringy texture, and then into perfect balls? In this beginners’ class you will make an easy and delicious mozzarella recipe.  You will learn what milk type works best for this recipe and why, and you will be introduced to the enzyme rennet, used to aid in the separation of the milk during the cheese-making process....

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Reviews for Cheese Making Classes in Los Angeles

Cheese Making Classes in Los Angeles are rated 4.8 stars based on 94 verified reviews from actual purchasers.

  • Mozzarella & Ricotta + Dinner with Chef Andy

    Reviewed by Jackie L. on 12/9/2019
    Instructor was fun and very informative! Will be taking more classes
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Catherine D. on 11/14/2019
    Fantastic night! Will be back!
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Jennifer C. on 11/9/2019
    Fun, informative and delicious
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 8/23/2019
    Class was amazing! Would definitely recommend it to friends, and would want to take it again.
  • Mozzarella & Ricotta + Dinner with Chef Andy

    Anonymous review on 3/18/2019
    We absolutely love the class! Chef Andy was one of the nicest people and very informative you can tell he truly enjoys what he does. We had a great time it was such a fun atmosphere we will be coming back for more classes.
  • Mozzarella & Ricotta + Dinner with Chef Andy

    Reviewed by Marlene H. on 2/18/2019
    Chef Andy was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining and answering all our questions. The cheese was delicious!!
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Liesl T. on 5/5/2018
    I think the owner of Andrew cheese shop made the class enjoyable entertaining and very informative. My boyfriend and I learned a lot about cheeses.
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Konomi on 8/28/2014
    Entertaining and informative class! 8 different types of cheese (+ beer or wine) and its history/origin/manufacturing process.

Discover the Best Cheese Making Classes in Los Angeles

All it takes to make your own cheese is a couple of simple ingredients and a bit of time. Whether you’ve got a taste for fresh mozzarella or for an aged bleu, the same steps and basic ingredients can be used to transform milk into a delicious block, ball, or wheel of cheese.

Everything starts with milk, which can be anything from a cow’s milk to a goat’s milk to a plant-based milk like soy. This milk is acidified by adding an acid or a bacterial culture, which causes the milk to produce more lactic acid which makes it easier for the milk to solidify into cheese curds. After the acidified milk is heated up a bit, a coagulant like rennet is added, which causes the milk to curdle and separate into solid curd and liquid whey. Once this solid curd has had some time to cook, it is cut into smaller blocks and drained, at which point it is ready to be formed into a solid cheese. The curds are salted and pressed, pulled, or otherwise formed into cheese that can be enjoyed immediately or aged to develop more flavor. 

Why You Should Learn Cheese Making in Los Angeles

Charcuterie boards have become quite trendy in recent years, and grocery stores have increased their cheese selections to help meet this demand. While it is becoming increasingly easy to find a variety of cheeses in a store, part of the appeal of the charcuterie board is an appreciation for cheese as an artisanal product rather than a mass-produced food. Those who truly value food making as a craft may be interested in going the extra step and learning how to make cheese by hand.

With the rise of craft sites like Etsy and a glut of online blogs and forums, it has never been easier to get into this type of artisanal hobby. Even if there are no local hot spots to meet fellow cheese makers, there are thriving online communities where passionate individuals share tips, tricks, and advice to help newbies enter the hobby or just share projects and chat cheese.

In-Person Cheese Making Classes in Los Angeles

The best way to learn how to make cheese is with plenty of hands-on practice, and there is no better way to get this practice than by enrolling in a cheese making class. Instead of following an online blog or a YouTube video, consider taking advantage of one of the many options for cheese making available in the greater Los Angeles area to work with an expert instructor in person.

Inglewood, just Southwest of Los Angeles, is home to VPN Americas, the American branch of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international organization started by a group of pizza makers in Naples. This organization is dedicated to the art of pizza making, preserving the tradition of methods and techniques used to make authentic Neapolitan pizza that started in Naples, Italy more than 300 years ago. And the authentic method for making a proper pizza includes making the cheese by hand.

The Regular Pizza Course and the Professional Pizza Course at VPN Americas teach much more than just making cheese, but are a great option for those whose interest in cheese intersects with a broader culinary interest in pizza. As part of the comprehensive hands-on practice offered in these workshops, participants learn how to prepare several different types of cheeses appropriate for pizza usage, including ricotta, fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, and burrata. These classes also include, depending on availability, a 30-minute tour of a local cheese factory where participants can watch the process of producing mozzarella on a larger scale.

Virtual Cheese Making Classes 

Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect cheese making class. Whether it’s because the classroom is too far away, the class time causes scheduling conflicts, or the course content isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, there are times when the classes available don’t quite fit. Luckily, there are plenty of online cheese making classes that can provide the same quality access to an expert instructor.

While these online classes come with added flexibility, they do impose one restriction: they require a bit more prep work upfront. While an in-person class will provide the materials and a work space set up for cheese making, you’ll need to take those matters into your own hands with an online class. While the class should provide a shopping list, expect to go shopping for those materials on your own time prior to the class date.

Currently, online classes are a good option for those looking to work with cheese in applications like cooking and tasting. If you’re looking for something a bit more focused on the step-by-step process of making cheeses, be sure to check back regularly; CourseHorse’s listings are constantly updating.

Cheese plays a huge part in many refined social gatherings. Whether through a charcuterie board or a wine and cheese tasting, classy gatherings can go a long way by focusing on the flavor of cheese. If the principles of taste and pairings are important, then a tasting session may be a great way to learn about cheese. NYC Wine Company provides sessions focused on palate development in their wine tasting classes like Islands & Volcanoes. While wine is the star of the show here, this class also provides suggestions for cheese pairings. And because NYC Wine Company wants to get people to get in touch with their taste buds, a class like this can be a great option to develop tasting skills and pairing principles.

While tasting a cheese by itself is one thing, another way to get good usage from artisanal cheese is to incorporate it into a recipe. Aspiring cheese connoisseurs who enjoy cooking may be interested in a cooking class to help weave their own cheeses into delicious dishes. The League of Kitchens hosts several online cooking classes where immigrants teach traditional recipes from a wide range of world cuisines. Feta is a staple of Greek cooking, so The Greek Online Workshop and the Greek Cooking Online are great ways to learn how to put feta to use in traditional dishes like spanakopita and bouyiardi.

Private Group Cheese Making Classes in Los Angeles

A hands-on activity can form the cornerstone of a great social event or team-building exercise. While some cheeses take a long time to age, many cheeses like mozzarella can be thrown to under an hour, and the techniques for hand-pulling make it a great hands-on social activity for those looking to bond over an activity and a meal. CourseHorse offers live online cheese-related cooking and tasting classes for private groups in Los Angeles to help make bonding over cheese a reality.

If you’re more interested in making cheese than in eating cheese, you can contact CourseHorse to learn about additional options for cheese making classes, and they will get to work scheduling the perfect event for your group.

Once you’ve booked your perfect event with CourseHorse, you’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours, and your event provider will also follow up with a personal introduction. CourseHorse also makes it easy to change your group size after you’ve booked; if you need to add to your party or otherwise adjust your headcount, you can easily change your group online, and CourseHorse won’t finalize payment for the class until you’ve finalized your headcount. Virtual classes are hosted over Zoom, but CourseHorse can accommodate other online platforms like Microsoft Teams and Google Meets for your convenience.

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