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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2014, 09:40:57 PM »
I finally made v.2.0.

This version has holes at 1/4" increments. The stainless steel frame is also thinner, it's still 16GA but this one is only 0.5" wide.

This will make the 1/4" cuts much easier. Can't wait to try it.

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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2014, 08:03:03 AM »
Nice piece of design and definitely worth another cheese. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2014, 01:54:39 PM »
Thanks Raw Prawn but it turned out a bit of a disappointment. I made a jarlsberg yesterday and wanted to cut the curds to 1/4". The thing is, the curd knife just kept pushing the curds around without cutting them. Even with super thin fishing wire, it required too much pressure. So I ended up using my other curd knife with the 1/2" cut and used it until most cubes were cut down to pea size.

Lesson learned; 1/4" curd knives don't work. They put too much pressure on the curd mass, and force whey to expel too quick.
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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2014, 09:20:41 PM »
So did you use the 1/2 harp twice or a few times through to cut them down? That is my strategy.
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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2014, 09:40:27 PM »
For a 1/4" cut, or pea size:
I do the 1/2" cut carefully with the harp in a grid pattern. That way I know each cube is 1/2" in size. Then I just stir with the 1/2 harp until most cubes are reduced to pea size. This is usually about the first 5 minutes of stirring. Then I switch to the perforated spoon for stirring once I'm satisfied with the curd size. I do get some grain sized curds though, it's not perfect. That's why I created the 1/4 harp, I wanted to achieve the pea sized cuts more efficiently. 

I'll try your strategy. So you do 2 "X" cuts, then 2 "Y" cuts then horizontally?
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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2014, 10:10:39 PM »
Love the design work and I know I've had issues with curd knives recently.  The image is my new one and I'm not all that happy with it.  I found it to just pushes the curd around as well.  It is also of the same gage material in your harps.  My opinion it's not the design - it's great. It's the flat edge that is pushing through the curd. And grinding it to an edge isn't the total solution, as the knife here has a .25 mm edge (could be finer though) - It needs also to be polished.  I think the 1/4 inch one would work if the edges were sharpened and then polished.  I have a set of double round boilers and the issue I find is that although I can cut the vertical cuts resonably accurately, it the horizontal ones that get me. not accuate at all - not matter what I do they end up too big and shaped like a funny polygon :'( .  Solution, I'm going to make the 1/2 model and do the horizontal cuts (discs) first and the vertical cuts next. Love the offset handle BTW.

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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2014, 10:24:33 PM »
Here's a real simple solution for your horizontal cut in a round vat
http://cheesemakinghelp.blogspot.ca/2013/11/making-horizontal-curd-cutter.html
So simple and effective!

I'll sharpen the edges as you suggest, but my 1/2 harp is the same gauge and doesn't push the curds. I'll still try it though in my search for the perfect 1/4 cutter. Thanks Mal.
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Re: Spoons' Curd Knife Build: Built for food pans
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2014, 12:53:31 AM »
OMG !!! sorry to sound naf and tweeny! but talk about literally out of the box !! I'm on a misson now - this could be made all stainless and . . . .what an amazing thing.. gob-smaked and so simple.  Humbled by the simplicity . . My problem solved.

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