Field Report: A Beginner’s Guide to Cheesemaking (and Life)
March 30, 2015
Here at R/West, we’re big on sharing our experience to ensure that we are setting others up for success. From coworkers to clients to casual blog readers, we want to keep you informed on what’s happening in the world and how to use it to your benefit. With that spirit in mind, I feel that it’s my civic duty to impart some sweet, delicious knowledge that I gathered on a recent video shoot for our client, Rogue Creamery. Whether you’re looking to start a career in cheesemaking, or if you’re just looking for some life tips, pull up a seat and get prepared for some wisdom.
1) Bring a beard net. They say that 80% of success is just showing up. But they’d be wrong. 80% of success is making sure that you show up with a beard net. Many people undervalue the beard net; many do not even know they exist. Which means if you take this post to heart, you will be at least three steps ahead of the game. Aside from the fact that they command respect, they’re also practical. Nothing ruins a party like an FDA crackdown.
2) Never trust a goat. While some of us were unfortunate enough to learn this lesson young thanks to a traumatic petting zoo experience (don’t think I forgot!), there are others who need to be told this valuable truth. Their trickery may be appealing when it comes in the baby goat fun size, but don’t let that fool you. Their cuteness is a guise used to get emotionally close to you so that they can strike. Wallets, shirts, video equipment – Goats know no boundaries when it comes to wrecking your life. So keep a wary eye.
3) Cows are magical. Aside from the fact that cows are the source of everything that makes the world good (butter, ice cream, and sick dance moves), they have qualities that exceed most species on the Earth (e.g. goats). They’re majestic, inquisitive, and they’ve got the cutest ears of all time. JUST LOOK AT THOSE EARS. Unfortunately, they like to play hard to get (not that I’m bitter about it or anything), so if you have aspirations of petting one, you better come prepared with some snacks.
4) Proper footwear is important. If you try to tromp through a cow pasture in sandals, you’re going to have a bad time. Just… trust me.
5) Always say yes to cheese. This requires no explanation.
Note: The views expressed in this blog do not represent the views of R/West, who love all creatures and would love to have a pet goat in the office.