Jeanine Dargis is a professional cheesemaker. She offers a variety of cheesemaking classes, parties, and seminars that are fun for adults as well as children. From breezy to serious, Jeanine's classes can be tailored for any group's needs.
A few stories by and about Jeanine
"I can’t quite put my finger on when I decided I wanted to learn how to make cheese. The idea of cheesemaking intrigued me, and as I was searching for farm work, I would get excited at any mention of cows, goats, milk, or cheese. It might have stemmed from my initial experience of farming as one task, done for eight straight hours. Cheesemaking/dairy farming seemed like varied, interesting work."
"...So it’s really important to not leave anything to chance; to come up with a company structure with detailed descriptions of jobs and departments, even if you’re going to be the one handling all those jobs! Because when you do end up hiring someone then you can give them a job description that is clear."
"If there’s anything I’ve learned from working on farms it’s that good people are hard to find. This kind of work requires special balance of grace under pressure, good attitude and willingness to work in sometimes gross and uncomfortable conditions that only a few people possess."
'Another thing that makes goat cheese different is its pale, porcelain-like color. “Beta-carotene is what gives cheese made from cow’s milk its yellow pigment,” says Jeanine Dargis, Valley Shepherd’s cheesemaker. “But goats convert the beta- carotene in their food into vitamin A, which is why goat cheese is so much lighter in color.”'
Classes can be modified to suit group objectives, and can be done on location in Nutley New Jersey, or I travel throughout the tri-state area.
I offer all-day seminars for more advanced groups looking to learn how to make a cheese start to finish. I can teach Cheddar Curds, Feta, Brie/Camembert, or Gouda. Please inquire about pricing and schedule below.
In addition to private parties, Jeanine presents hosted classes at many different locations in the tri-state area. You may sign up for an existing class at the following locations:
Please contact us if you'd like to schedule a class, inquire about pricing, or if you have any other questions.