Just about all lactose lovers have been there. The cheese craving that starts with a single sliver of camembert on a cracker and ends with an entire wheel consumed in the blink of an eye.
Barry Stevens has taken his love for cheese to another level, installing a “cheesemaking hut” at his Scarborough home, which is now on the market.
When Mr Stevens retired a few years ago, he took up cheese making and said he had made everything from cheddar to colby and even mozzarella, but the crowd pleaser was feta.
“I have made a few different ones, but mainly I just work on feta cheese, it’s a very small little shed and it’s just for us and I might make a batch up every two weeks,” he said.
“We just eat it — the wife and my daughter, she comes around and she goes into the fridge, and she pinches a bit as well.”
Not only does Mr Stevens make his own cheese, he also makes his own yoghurt and his own sweet chilli sauce — to go with the cheese.
“I make labneh every now and again, because you just get a bit of yoghurt, and I make my own yoghurt, put a bit of salt in it and vinegar, and my niece and I both make sweet chilli sauce and if you whip that up with it (and) it makes a little snack.”Mr Stevens said he hit up Gumtree to find all the fittings for his cheesemaking hut, which is equipped with a sink, hotplate and fridge.
“I bought a sink, and I fitted that in and I’ve got a fridge in there, I’ve got a little hotplate that I use to heat up the milk to 30 degrees celsius,” he said.
“Then you put some culture in it and warm that up and the last thing you do is put rennet in it, that makes it go thick and then you cut it up and strain it over night.
“The next day you salt it a bit, and if you can hold on for a couple of days, it’s good, but normally you start picking at it straight away.”
Mr Stevens’ wife, Hannah, said they’ll even be taking some feta to their niece’s house at Narangba for their Christmas lunch this year.
To go with the cheese, the property has a small herb garden with rosemary, parsley and basil.
Mr Stevens said the couple were downsizing to a single storey home, but he would be building another cheesemaking hut to continue his hobby.
The home is at 60a Eversleigh Rd, Scarborough is listed for offers above $735,000 with Ray White Redcliffe agent Leanne Christmas.