05 Cultured & Aged Firm Cheeses

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What you’ll learn

Take what you’ve learned about culturing dairy-free cheeses further to create firm, aged cheeses with a slight rind.

The objectives for this module:

  • Become acquainted with complex ingredient combinations that bring traditional cheese flavors to dairy-free cheese
  • Learn about basic salting and aging techniques, necessary tools, and what to expect all along the way
  • Practice making a variety of classic-style cheeses, dairy-free

Overview & Recap

Required: read this section, all sections in the recipe, and complete the module recap.

1: Cultured & Aged Firm Cheeses Overview

Be sure to read and watch all lessons and articles we provide in this module before you practice preparing any recipes.

In this module, you’ll make cultured and aged firm cheeses. Try all of the variations we provide, extra recipes if time allows, and then document your findings and preferences in a cheesemaking journal. As always, we’ll provide loads of tips in each recipe so you can experiment.

2: Cultured & Aged Firm Cheeses Recap

This Lesson Recap will be your personal input of progress (photo and written). Grab your cheesemaking journal, prepare one of the Practice Recipes, then complete this recap.

You must complete the recap to complete the module and eventually the course.

Practice Recipes


Remember to always read the entire recipe, all the tips and articles within the accordions, and watch the step-by-step videos before preparing a recipe so you know what to expect. Make sure that you have the right ingredients on hand and the tools you need to make it all effortless and fun. Document your discoveries and preferences in your fermentation journal.


Smoked Gouda

Sharp Cheddar

Pepper Jack Cheese

Lessons & Articles

Required: read all articles here, they are your lessons.

Helpful and inspiring know how and support for successful and creative dairy-free cheesemaking.

Lessons & Articles

Ensure that your creations are successful every time with this know how and support. Gain an understanding of potential variables and substitutions, get troubleshooting ideas, a general shopping list to get started, creative inspiration, and much more. Reference these articles throughout this entire course.


Extra Recipes

Recommended Reads


Get extra dairy-free cheese recipes and learn more about gluten-free, plant-based cooking with Good Food Cooking School founder Heather Crosby’s first cookbook.

Shopping: Tools

This is a convenient listing of basic tools called for in this course as well as some “nice to have but not necessary” items that make cheesemaking easier and more fun. For the why-we-use-it behind each tool, go here.

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