School couldn’t ‘brie’ better
A BIOLOGY teacher from Dalby State High School, Mr Nicholas Topp, learnt the secret to making tasty cheese at the RNA Teachers’ Cheese Making Workshops at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Tuesday.
Mr Topp, who will now teach his Year 10 Science class how to make cheese for the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Student-Made Cheese Competition in June, says cheese-making is a lengthy process.
“It was a pretty long day – we performed the whole cheese-making process which started with two litres of milk, then added bacteria and did lots of stirring and waiting,” said Mr Topp.
“By the end of it, we ended up with a nice lump of cheese which will eventually turn into camembert in about six weeks.
“It was pretty surprising to learn that all the steps make quite a big difference, like how hard you mix it, how long you leave it, and even the strain of bacteria makes a difference to texture and flavour,” he said.
Mr Topp said the process is a practical way of teaching students the science behind cheese.
“The growth of bacteria and fermenting involved in cheese-making really closely ties in with teaching biology,” said Mr Topp.
“At the end of term two we have a big party where the students get to eat all the cheese they’ve made, so they always look forward to that,” he said.
TASTY LESSON: Nicholas Topp was making cheese.