Making Dutch Gouda cheese or butter

Esther is happy to share her passion and profession in making cheese and butter. The day trips, workshops, team events, trainings and lessons that Esther offers are always small-scale. You will get a lot of personal attention and there is plenty of room for your personal questions. Choose from the options she offers:

Day trip with friends | Workshops for hobby chefs | Team events | Training for professionals | Lesson for schools | Consultancy | Gift voucher

Uniek dagje uit: kaas maken

Experience the ultimate Dutch experience and start making cheese together!

Visit the cheese maker or experience a day “trip” in your own kitchen. Esther brings all the necessary items to your home and provides a delicious farmer’s lunch.

workshop kaas maken

Workshops for hobby chefs

Learn to make Dutch Gouda cheese or creamy butter yourself! Visit the cheese maker, follow a workshop in your own kitchen or follow a workshop online.

Teamuitje kaas maken

Team events with colleagues

Go for a unique Dutch experience and make Dutch Gouda cheese or creamy butter together with your colleagues! The program of your team event can be adapted to your wishes. If you have specific wishes, please contact the cheese maker.

Training kaas maken voor professionals

Are you an (agricultural) entrepreneur or professional and do you want to make your own cheese? Esther loves to teach you how to make cheese professionally. After the training you will be able to make your own Gouda cheese.

During the training, Esther comes to the company location, so that the practical feasibility can be discussed immediately.

Kaas maken in de klas

Esther has developed a practical lesson “making cheese”, in which she takes students through the cheese technology process. At the end of the lesson, the students take home their own cheese including a cheese box to properly care for and ripen the cheese.

Esther is active in the Netherlands and abroad in providing cheese training and further education for Gouda cheese makers. The consultancy is aimed at:

  • Farmers who want to get a taste of cheese making
  • Farmers who want to set up a cheese dairy
  • Companies that run into cheese problems
  • NGOs that want to support local men and women through the knowledge and skills of KaasEs

Esther: passionate cheese maker

Kaasmaakster Esther van der Zeijden

Esther is a food technologist and making cheese is her profession. She has worked in the food industry and through various ways ended up with her passion: making cheese. She can talk passionately about the cheese making process and is happy to do so during the workshops, trainings and lessons.


Esther’s personal attention makes her workshops, trainings and lessons unique.


Learn how to make your own cheese in small, well-arranged groups.


Esther is a food technologist and loves to share her passion with you.

Participants about Esther

Do you want to stay up to date with the latest news from Esther? Esther regularly updates on Instagram!

Maak zelf je eigen kaas

Recipe for Dutch Gouda cheese

Do you want to get started yourself? Make your own Dutch Gouda cheese now with this clear and comprehensive manual. Step by step you can make 1 kilo of Dutch Gouda cheese at home.

Frequently asked questions about cheese making

Here you will find all questions and answers about making your own cheese (in Dutch only). Check out an easy recipe to start making cheese, what ingredients you need and what ingredients you need to make your own cheese.

Ask advice

Do you have a question about making cheese or do you want to discuss your homemade cheese? Feel free to contact Esther, the cheese maker. She likes to think along about how you can successfully make your own cheese.

Something else?

Are you looking for a different team building activity with friends, family or colleagues, take a look at the possibilities at Breakout Bandits or one of the other partners.