Wangapeka Family Dairy

Cheese Making Frequently Asked Questions


How Much Cheese Will I Get?

When using Wangapeka Whole Milk, depending on the cheese you are making you should get 1.5kg to 10L of milk.


Where Can I Buy Milk For Cheese Making

You can purchase Wangapeka Whole Milk either by sening us an email on or give us a call on 03 522 4308


What Is Whey?

Whey is the liquid drained from your curd whilst cheese making. Depending on the cheese will depend on the amount you get out ie: harder cheeses will have more moisture pressed out.


What Cheese Should I Start With?

A good cheese to begin your journey with is Halloumi & or Ricotta, these cheeses are simple in their processes and are ready in a shorter time frame. They will give you a good understanding of the processes ie: sanitizing, heating, pressing etc which you can refine in more difficult recipes.


Does Wangapeka Cheese Teach Classes?

We do, currently we are running Halloumi & Ricotta or Feta & Mascarpone Classes with the Nelson Marlborough Institue of Technology. To find out more click here.


Why is Wangapeka Whole Milk good for Cheese Making

We pride ourselves on good milk. Not only for drinking, baking, enjoying but yes cheese making also.

The two main characteristics of good cheese making milk and the Fat & Protein percentages.

The average NZ herd Fat % is 3.5% where we are sitting at a healthy 6.12%. Fat is where your flavour comes from so have a silky creamy milk will give you that extra flavour and depth to your cheeses.

Your protein gives you yield. In NZ your average yield would be 1kg per 10L where we are sitting at 1.5kg per 10L


What Do I Need To Make Cheese?

Cheese making doesn't need to be a specialized and expensive hobby. Often you will find different baskets to use as draining trays or varies weaved cloths that will do what you need.

A Thermometer

A Sieve

A Stirrer

Water Bath - This is one pot placed inside another. You can use what you have in the kitchen or head to your nearest Kmart for a cheap stock pot.

A Long Knife - Again, find what you have. This just needs to be long enough to cut your curd right to the bottom of your pot.

Cheese Cloth - Play with this, often we use Chux cloth from the supermarket or old net curtains. Baby muslin also works well.

Cheese Molds - This is where you can have some fun, head to your nearest $2.00 shop or novelty shop and see what different plastic baskets they have, love hearts, circles or squares you pick.