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The DIY food obsession has led to classes in everything from canning to kombucha fermenting (really). For our money, the biggest payoff comes from learning to make cheese—totally doable, yet utterly impressive.
The Cheese School of San Francisco. Learn the ABCs of making fresh cheeses (think fromage blanc), and leave with a chèvre you’ve flavored yourself. $65; cheeseschoolsf.com
Kookoolan Farms, Yamhill, OR. First, watch the brie, gouda, or cheddar demo. Then buy the supplies here to make your own. From $65; kookoolanfarms.com
Old Windmill Dairy, Estancia, NM. Hands-on intros walk you through the mozzarella process. A springtime bonus: bottle-feeding the farm’s baby goats. From $38; theoldwindmilldairy.com
River Valley Cheese, Fall City, WA. Tackle a different cheese every month, from blue to havarti to manchego, and age it yourself. From $125;