Why Cheese The Best Artisan Good in Stardew Valley

Want to know how long it takes to make cheese or what goes into crafting a cheese press? Need to know who likes getting gifted this artisan good? Everything you need to know about cheese in Stardew Valley is found below within this detailed guide.

Cheese ready to be harvested in a cheese press.
Cheese ready to be harvested in a cheese press.


Cheese is classified as an artisan good in Stardew Valley and described as your basic cheese. It is extremely profitable to produce and knowing how to make one is a fantastic way to turn your cows into even bigger money-makers!

Cheese.pngStardew Valley Cheese

How to get Cheese in Stardew Valley

There are two ways to get cheese. The first way to get your hands on some cheese is very simple, all you need to do is put milk into a cheese press. The second way is purchasing it from the Desert Trader. Each of these methods is described in more detail below.

Making Cheese yourself

To make cheese on your farm, you need to have a cheese press on your farm. You can craft this artisan equipment once you reach farming level 6. It takes 45 wood, 45 stone, 10 hardwood, and 1 copper bar to craft. Or if do not want to craft one, you could go the long way around and get one as a reward for completing the Animal Bundle in the Pantry.

Interacting with the cheese press with a bottle of milk or large milk (of any quality) in your hand will begin the cheese-making process. The machine will then animate to show it is working. After 200 minutes (or 3 hours) have passed then you are ready to harvest your cheese.

Cheese Press.pngA Cheese Press

The quality varies with cheese depending on the milk product put in. Normal quality milk will produce normal quality cheese meanwhile large milk will produce gold quality milk.

Purchasing Cheese

To buy cheese from the Desert Trader, you must travel to the Calico Desert. You must either travel by bus, desert totem, or desert obelisk. Once you arrive in the desert and locate the merchant, you need to make sure that you have the appropriate items to barter. This is because even though the trader sells a variety of exotic goods, he does not take gold for his goods.

The Desert Trader
The Desert Trader

Every Friday, you can purchase 1 cheese in exchange for an emerald from the Desert Trader. That is, every Friday other than the 15th through 17th of winter when the Desert Trader is at the Night Market.

What to do with Cheese in Stardew Valley

Since cheese is classified as an artisan good there are a wide array of uses for this object from selling, eating, crafting, and more!

If you do choose to eat it, cheese gives 125-325 energy points and 56-146 health points depending on the quality of the item. Fair bonuses, but given how expensive cheese is, it might not be the best use for this artisan good. Plus, given how quickly cheese can be produced in the press, you can produce numerous cheese items in a single day, which is why it is such an important artisan good. Cheese prices will be expanded upon in the table below.

Cheese QualityBase PricePrice with Rancher ProfessionPrice with Artisan Profession
Base Cheese230 gold276 gold322 gold
Silver Cheese287 gold344 gold401 gold
Gold Cheese354 gold414 gold483 gold
Iridium Cheese460 gold552 gold644 gold

Crafting with Cheese

Aging Cheese

If you place cheese into a cask, it allows it to age from a lower quality item to higher quality. If a base quality cheese is put into a cask, it takes 3 days to become silver. Silver cheese takes 4 days to age into gold quality cheese. Then, 7 more days need to pass before iridium quality cheese is produced.

Cask.pngA Cask
Casks can be crafted using 20 wood and 1 hardwood pieces.

Cooked Dishes

Cheese is used in three different cooked dish recipes. The most important cheese dish is pepper poppers. This spicy breaded pepper dish filled with cheese is not just a great gift-giving item, but it also gives amazing buffs. Consuming pepper poppers gives a +2 farming buff and a +1 speed buff on top of restoring 130 energy points and 58 health points. The recipe is really simple too as it only requires a hot pepper and cheese to craft.

Pepper Poppers.pngPepper Poppers

Another important recipe is the simple pizza. This popular dish restores 150 energy points and 67 health points. More importantly, it is a loved dish by both Sam and Shane. Pizza gives no buffs when consumed. The recipe to craft pizza is wheat flour, a tomato, and cheese to craft.


The last cheese recipe is cheese cauliflower. It is described as smelling great and is loved by Maru. It restores 128 energy points and 62 health points. Cheese cauliflower gives no buffs when consumed. The recipe to craft cheese cauliflower is rather simple, only requiring cheese and a cauliflower.

Cheese Cauliflower.pngCheese Cauliflower


Lastly, cheese can also be used to craft a shirt using the sewing machine, or as yellow dye in the dye pots. Both of these are located inside Emily and Haley’s Home inside Pelican Town, 2 Willow Lane.

Shirt066.pngThe shirt crafted using cheese.


Mostly everyone in town likes receiving cheese as a gift, except for four Pelican Town residents. Harvey dislikes cheese and Jas, Sebastian, and Vincent hate getting cheese as a present.


Cheese is not used in any quests.

Though it can be used as an option in the Artisan Bundle for the Pantry room. There is a list of 12 items to choose from and you only need 6. The list includes truffle oil, cloth, goat cheese, cheese, honey, jelly, an apple, and apricot, an orange, a peach, a pomegranate, and a cherry. If you decide to use cheese for this bundle, you can use a cheese of any quality.

Completing this bundle will give a keg immediately, and finishing the whole room will restore the dilapidated Greenhouse. This building is essential in your Stardew Valley experience, as it allows you to grow crop and fruit trees all year-round.

Meet the author

What initially hooked me into Stardew Valley was how much there was to uncover and learn as you played through it. What got me to stay was how rich the characters' stories were! Abigail, Emily, and Shane will always be my favorites.

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