skagit maid creamery

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what we make

We have all heard of small batch. Skagit Maid Creamery has a 26-gallon cheese vat, which means we make teeny batch cheeses. Our products are a reflection of the time and place where they are made - from the milk to the ripening and aging (affinage) processes to the inspirations of the cheesemaker. Each item is handmade and hand-wrapped.

All of our products are made from non-GMO guernsey cow milk from MyShan Dairy in Lynden, Washington. MyShan is a small family dairy devoted to its small Guernsey herd of happy, grassfed cows. Guernsey milk has more protein, butterfat, vitamins and calcium than store-bought milk. It has a beautiful golden color due to a higher percentage of beta carotene. It will make you like milk again, if you didn't already. Beautiful milk is necessary to make beautiful cheese, and we are lucky to have a relationship with such a high quality dairy.

Our cheese-making days start with an early morning trek to Lynden to pick up fresh, raw milk from MyShan Dairy. Upon return to Samish Island, the milk immediately goes into the vat for pasteurization and cheese-making.

 

shiitake-infused sheep milk camembert - special batch

shiitake-infused sheep milk camembert available in 7oz. rounds

shiitake-infused sheep milk camembert available in 7oz. rounds

My friends at Ring of Trees Farm (which is, sadly, no more) had a sheep dairy and made really yummy sheep milk cheese. When I was still experimenting in my kitchen, I made several batches of camembert with the sheep milk, and hit upon infusing the milk with shiitake mushrooms. Wow! The resulting cheese is creamy and earthy. Not “in your face” mushroom flavor, but under the mild, sweet sheep milk it provides a grounding layer of deep woods. Fred and Cheri, who proclaimed the cheese a success, let me take all the sheep milk my small freezer can hold.


One batch (only 42 rounds) will be ready in the second week of November. Another batch, which will be a mixed sheep/cow milk version, will be ready in early December.


skagit maid camembert

Skagit Maid Camembert is available in 6.5 ounce wrapped rounds.  Larger wheels can be special ordered.

Skagit Maid Camembert is available in 6.5 ounce wrapped rounds.  Larger wheels can be special ordered.

Beautiful white rind on the outside, gorgeous creamy golden deliciousness on the inside. Our camembert is good both on the young side, with "chalk" in the middle, as well as aged to perfect lovely gooiness. Ours has a nice mellow tang without being overpowering.

Camembert is a soft, mold-ripened French-style cheese. It is wonderful with bread or crackers, fruit, jam, honey, or as part of a decadent grilled cheese sandwich. It is also a necessary part of a romantic picnic.

Camembert is good paired with champagne, dry cider, and lighter red wines with soft fruit.  it is very good with some beers as well. Try a saison or stout with camembert at its ripest or experiment with a pale wheat ale with your next round. Let us know about good pairings you have discovered.


skagit maid ricotta

Skagit Maid Ricotta is available for sale in 8 ounce containers.  Contact us about bulk orders.

Skagit Maid Ricotta is available for sale in 8 ounce containers.  Contact us about bulk orders.

There is nothing better than fresh ricotta. We make ours with whole guernsey milk, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, sometimes a little vinegar, and salt. That's it. It's a revelation if the only ricotta you've had is store-bought. Creamy, golden and fresh tasting.

We make the ricotta in small batches (well-everything is made in small batches), so it can get out the door and into your mouth when it is as fresh as possible. It is good spread on toast with jam. It is amazing whipped with a little honey and served with fresh strawberries. A current favorite of ours is a savory ricotta pie with herbs and a roast tomato pesto. Ricotta is extremely versatile. Try some - and if you don't eat it all up as is, make up a recipe!


skagit maid ice cream

coming soon...

coming soon...

Yes, there will be ice cream. But not yet. Stay tuned. It will be yummy. 


 

To learn more about MyShan milk click on the logo to open their website. Really good milk.