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Ten years ago, you probably would have been surprised to hear someone say they had purchased some cheese making equipment and started making their own cheese. Today, however, cheese making is quickly growing in popularity, with many people taking it up as a hobby or even as a career. Here are the reasons why cheese making is suddenly catching on. People Love Cheese There seem to be few people out there who don't like cheese. Making your own cheese is even better than just eating it because you can make it to suit your own personal tastes. It's easy to incorporate your favorite flavors and ingredients into cheese when you make it yourself. It's Fun Making cheese is actually pretty cool and fun. Like many different kinds of cooking, cheese making is really a science, and learning about the process of cheese making is interesting. When you make your own cheese, it can be a very rewarding accomplishment. It Saves Money In addition to being delicious, cheese can be very expensive. Making your own cheese saves you money and allows you to directly control the quality of ingredients that are used to make it, so you can ensure that you are getting a high quality cheese without spending a lot of cash. It Allows for Creativity The number of variations you can use when making your own cheese are literally endless. Cheese can be made using all different types of ingredients including meats, vegetables and even fruits. Cheese can be made in a number of different varieties including hard, soft, sweet, bitter or spicy. There is no limit to what you can do when you create your own cheese. It Can Be Lucrative For some people, cheese making is just a hobby. For others, it is a career. Some cheese makers actually begin selling cheese for profit whether at farmer's markets or through a distribution channel. Cheese making can be a passion that turns into a money making opportunity. As cheese making continues to explode in popularity, so will the knowledge and understanding of the cheese making process. It is easy to see why given all of the reasons discussed above.