According to food historians, mankind has been making cheese for over 7,000 years. However, over the many millennia the basic cheese making process has changed very little. The production starts with the milk from one of four animals: cows, sheep, goats or water buffalo. After some initial preparation the liquid milk begins to coagulate. At this point, the creation of most cheeses requires the straining of the liquid portion, called whey, from the solid part called curds which are the elementary buildings block of cheese.
Yellow Garage dealer Critter Run Antiques is featuring an antique heart shaped tin cheese strainer. This beautiful turn of the century strainer was hand crafted to separate the curds and whey. The deep sided strainer has a lovely strainer bottom pattern of three stylized stars each within a circle. Once the liquid was drained away, the strainer could be used as a mold to form the cheese into a charming heart shape. There is a round tin handle which can be used to hold the strainer or to hang it for prominent display. Age and use have endowed this cheese strainer with the dark rich patina which gives old tin such character. It measures 5.625” wide, 7” from the loop handle to the bottom and 2.625” deep. This antique tin cheese strainer represents an interesting 19th century design of a common kitchen tool.
Antique Heart Shaped Tin Cheese Strainer