Irene-Hoeve Cheese & Clogs Shop

Irene Hoeve clog cheese dutch

Yesterday, I learned how cheese and clogs are made in the Netherlands! What an experience – this cheese and clog factory was out on a farm in the quaint Holland countryside, and I believe the family who owns it makes pretty much everything by themselves (including the bathroom soap, lol). It was quite an enlightening lesson that I am excited to share with you!

How to Make Your Own Cheese at Home:

First, pour fresh cow’s milk into this vat (with some other liquids, I can’t remember what):

make cheese milk dutch holland amsterdam

Once the milk has cooled to a certain temperature (because it’s too warm after being freshly milked from the cow, heh), the curds will separate from the rest of the liquid. Use the curds to make the cheese!

You can add spices and herbs to the curds for a little kick of flavor.

cheese spices herbs

Pour curds into a round “bowl,” seal it, and place it under a machine that squeezes it with a lot of pressure to create the cheese’s round shape.

Finally, preserve the cheese by coating it with wax and plastic! Well, maybe an optional step before coating the cheese: hard cheeses take about 8 months to mature. So if this is the flavor that you want, you’ll have to have a bit of patience… And when I say hard, I mean hard. Our demonstrator banged the cheese onto the wall and it made no difference.

Next up,

How to Make Your Own Clogs at Home

All you gotta do is take a piece of semi-wet wood and start shaving:

make Dutch clogs

Once you’ve fashioned the general shape of the shoe, start boring a hole inside so you can stick your foot in it:

make Dutch clogs amsterdam

And then you’re pretty much done! Easy, right?

finished Dutch clog Amsterdam

Haha well, it only took this guy who’s been doing it for 18 years around 20 minutes to make the outline of this one shoe. He learned the art from his dad, and I’m assuming that his dad learned from his dad’s dad, and so on. In the end, he claimed that he could make these clogs with his eyes closed. I could believe that!

Why are clogs such a big deal here? Because they are super handy and multi-purpose. They can be worn during farming, gardening, skateboarding…

dutch clogs skateboard
So maybe not really that last one.

wooden clogs dutch amsterdam

Finally, it’s important to always wear your clogs a bit larger on your feet!

I took his word to heart:

How do I look?!

In all, that was a pretty cool experience, especially watching how clogs were made. It also made me realize how sustainable the Europeans are; the wood shavings from the clogs are used as fuel to smoke the cheese next door. And once the clogs are all worn out, they could be hung on the wall as a decorative flower pot 😉 America could really take a few pointers from these people.

irene hoeve clog cheese dutch amsterdam

Have you ever eaten Dutch cheese or worn a pair of clogs?!

Goodbye, clogs & cheese!

Thanks for reading!


  • Kim

    That’s pretty neat that you got to experience cheese making and clog making in one go! How did the clogs feel when you put them on? I was surprised to hear that people still use them for…skateboarding..hmmmmmm 😛

    • They felt like pieces of wood under my feet, haha. Apparently their was a cushioned pair that was really comfy but I didn’t try those on, haha.

  • oooooooh fantastic photos and not mention, clog making!!!!! AWESOME. I actually wouldn´t mind doing this, seems like you had a good time. Thanks for the tip on making clogs and cheese from home haha, I feel like I reallly want to try it, I am certain I will succeed with the cheese if I tried hard enough but not so sure about the clogs… regardless. I LOVE THIS POST
    wishing you an awesome day, xx
    Dana |

    • Haha thanks! I really wouldn’t take the instructions in this post too seriously; I just wrote down the stuff that I could remember from their demonstrations. But if you ever manage to make your own cheese or clogs…let me know 😉

  • i thought clogs were an asian thing lol ahha amazing skills that guy has!

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