School couldn’t ‘brie’ bet­ter

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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