Frequently asked questions
Can Ontario or Canadian cheeses be made from raw (unpasteurized) milk?
Yes! The law for every part of Canada is that cheese can be made from raw milk if they are then aged for at least 60 days (this period gives the cheese time to develop enough acid to kill any potentially bad bacteria). The law also applies to imported cheeses.
Where can I attend a cheese-tasting course?
Two of our members regularly offer cheese-tasting courses and seminars:
Artisan Cheese Marketing and Cheese Culture. Some community colleges (in Toronto, George Brown) also offer courses.
Where can I learn how to make cheese professionally?
In Ontario, your options are The University of Guelph's Cheesemaking Technology Course and courses by Glengarry Cheesemaking Supply. OCS is working on setting up a course for small-scale cheesemakers. Please check back for more information! There are many courses in neighbouring States. Please see our links page for addresses.
Where can I learn how to make cheese at home?
The University of Guelph's Department of Dairy Science and Technology has a useful page with recipes, Fifthtown Artisan Cheese runs courses, has a recipe page and many useful links. Glengarry Cheesemaking Supply has a video and book and offers courses.
Do you need to be licenced to make cheese in Ontario?
No. There are no specific licencing requirements for individuals in Ontario. However, your building must be licenced, either by the local health authority (sheep milk only) or by The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (to sell cheese only in Ontario) or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (to sell cheese in other Provinces or countries). People do need a grader's licence to receive milk, and a pasteurizing certificate to pasteurize milk. The Ontario Government's website has more details.
How do I set up a cheese plant in Ontario?
The best place to start is the Government of Ontario's website which has extensive details.
Still have questions? Post a query in our forum and our knowledgeable members will try to help you out.