This 10 dollar cheese press is much more than the sum of its parts, or its use in making cheese. This press is the essence of personal preparedness.
To me, preparedness is more about attitudes and skills than gear and gadgets. The way that I build those skills are to create a sustainable lifestyle that allows me the ability to learn new things and then practice them. I am going to spend some time up-loading a few blog entries on home cheese making.
I’m not doing this because making homemade cheese is cheaper than store-bought cheese (its not), or because I think you have to know it to survive TEOTWAWKI (The End Of the World As We Know It) because I don’t.
I am not even doing this because it is a good way of storing milk without refrigerators. The reason I am taking the time to post about cheese making because it is a good do it yourself skill that is fun and easy, which allows the prepper to start moving and planning while teaching skills such as patience and how to plan for the future (it takes 6 months or more to see the benefits of a hard cheddar).
In today’s post I will show how to make a very simple and inexpensive method to make a press for making hard cheeses using very easily sourced parts. A commercial cheese press can cost hundreds of dollars, while the one we are making today is only a fraction of the cost.