Setting Up a Home Made Cheese Press

Pressing the fresh curds to remove excess whey is important since spoilage of the cheese is hastened by retention of too much water in the finished cheese.  This cheese press can be fashioned from items you may already have in your kitchen, or which should not be difficult to obtain.

The pictures show the use of the press to press curds from the recipe to turn five gallons of milk into cheese .  Click the last two images ( 13 & 14 ) to see full sized pictures for what the assembled press looks like.  Note that some cheese recipes are very specific about the pressure applied to a given cheese.  I have not calibrated this press, but it works perfectly with the cheese recipes I have posted .  The pressure can be adjusted either by adjusting the width of the rubber band, or by adjusting the height jar used in the press.


  • 5 gallon canner
  • Large white dinner plate with smooth bottom
    white dish cloth (non-terry), very clean (boiled and hung in the sun for an hour or two to sterilize)
  • Pressing frame: 6″ x 9″ cylinder made from PVC pipe (or large can without ribs on the sides, ends removed)
  • The “follower:” a circular block of wood cut to fit inside pressing frame (5.6 inches diameter)
  • 5/8 inch wide rubber band cut from an automotive inner tube (cut it wider for greater pressure).
  • Two chop sticks
  • Quart mason jar (use a half gallon jar for greater pressure)


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The people of this brave village stand as an example to the world of how non-violent resistance can successfully resist injustice and military might.  Israel has been confiscating all “unoccupied” Palestinian land.  Israel defines “unoccupied” as any land on which no occupied structure exists.  Thus, olive orchards, vineyards, agricultural land, grazing land are all being confiscated.  These ancient Bil’im olive orchards, lovingly tended for many centuries (see the terracing in the picture below) are all officially “unoccupied.”





Young men of the Samara family with which I stayed, including Walied Samara (right) who taught me several new steps to the Debki–the national dance of Palestine. THANK YOU Walied–I loved the dancing!


Palestinian White Cheese being prepared by Mr. Samara’s daughter-in-law