Cottage Cheese at Fordhall Farm

In 1957 Fordhall Farm was producing Farmhouse Cheshire cheese, cream cheese, yoghourt, yoghourt cheese, farmhouse butter, and farm bottled Jersey TT milk, milk cocktail (milk flavoured with coffee, strawberry, chocolate or vanilla). Arthur however was not satisfied and wanted to sell even more dairy products. He was already investigating cottage cheese.
“Mr Hollins’ next enterprise is to be the production of cottage cheese. From an American firm he has obtained the recipe of a famous American brand of this product and when he commences production he will be England’s only producer of this brand so far as he is aware. The method of making it, he says, is an entirely new one.” Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News November 16th 1957

“When butter-making began we were left with quantities of buttermilk and skim milk, the buttermilk was quite easy to dispose of. People in the North like drinking it. But the skim milk was quite a problem till someone suggested cottage cheese. At first we weren’t very successful. But after a few experiments we found we could make it- after all, my husband’s mother was a prize-winning cheese maker and my husband stirred cheese almost before he could walk.” May Hollins 1958

They began producing two varieties of cottage cheese- one plain, the other with additional cream. Then different flavourings began to creep in. “That was really my husband’s idea,” said Mrs Hollins. “You know how men like cheese and onion!” Sunday Pictorial May 1958. Arthur experimented with various different flavours of cottage cheese. These cheeses sold well for cocktail parties, and other occasions requiring snacks.The popular flavours included herbs such as parsley and sage, watercress grown in the Fordhall beds, onion, cucumber, celery, horseradish, pimento and gherkin.  Shrimp, lobster, crab and salmon, supply the fishy varieties. And under the heading ‘exotic flavours’ pine-apple, nuts and wine, pickled walnuts and paprika. In 1958 May used salmon- caught the legal way- as one of the 40 flavours for her home-made cottage cheese.

Arthur and May Hollins were never short of ideas of what they could make and sell. To find out more about the Full Range of Dairy Produce click here

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