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Isabella MacLean of Kilmoluaig using a cheese press

Photograph of Isabella MacLean of Kilmoluaig using a cheese press.

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Courtesy of Ms Linda Gowans

Isabella MacLean was photographed using a cheese press in Kilmoluaig by George Holleyman, an archaeologist posted to RAF Tiree during World War II. The press was made in the local smiddy. The screw, which turns through an iron hoop set into a large stone, tightens on to the wooden cheese vat, removing excess whey.

Rennet was used to curdle the warmed milk and sometimes salt was added or caraway seeds. The curds were squeezed by hand, wrapped in muslin, put in the cheese vat and pressed. The whey would be fed to calves.

After two to three days, the press would be screwed down another turn. The cheese would be left there for a week then put on a shelf to dry and form a skin. It would be ready for eating in a fortnight.

Black and white photograph of Isabella MacLean, Kilmoluaig.

Isabella MacLean is pictured here using a cheese press made in the local smiddy. The screw, which turns through an iron hoop set into a large stone, tightens on to the wooden cheese vat, removing excess liquid. Rennet was used to curdle the warmed milk and sometimes salt was added, or caraway seeds. The curds were squeezed by hand, wrapped in muslin, put in the cheese vat and pressed. The whey would be fed to calves. After 2-3 days, the press would be screwed down another turn. The cheese would be left there for a week then put on a shelf to dry and form a skin. It would be ready for eating in a fortnight. The cheese press is part of An Iodhlann`s collection.

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Other Number: X34
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