Primitive Cheesemaking

We got our home cheesemaking equipment in this week and made the first attempt: queso blanco. The main part, cooking and chemistry, went well, but getting it into the press was quite an adventure. It's a Dutch‑style press, requiring a weight to exert force on the lever. Well, we lack any kind of “official” weight, so examine the picture below. Yes, that's a dumbbell, the exercise kind. Dutch-style cheese press, fitness edition