Tasty To The Core – 8 Month Clothbound Cheddar – Sampling

Last month I wrote about my Clothbound Cheddar  and how it has aged.  This was the first time I have ever made a Clothbound Cheese and it has been an education.  I think I mentioned during the first post that I missed a step and that time would tell if it would be a problem.  At 8 months it was time to see if I have a success or failure on my hands, thankfully I have a Trier that my wife gave me last year for Christmas. (All pictures are taken with my iPad.)

Plunging the Trier into the bandaging required some force

Plunging the Trier into the bandaging required some force.

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No Blue For You! Second Attempt At Making A Blue Cheese.

My last attempt at making a blue cheese was a success, well in the sense that I got a blue cheese, but it was a salt lick.  I wanted to make another, so I could “fix” my mistakes from the first batch.  I had received some new moulds and I wanted to use them to change things up a bit. (All pictures taken with my iPad)

My Valençay moulds arrived.

My Valençay moulds arrived.

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Josef And Its Technicolour Dream Rind

I have meant to give an update on my second Josef for a while, things have gotten in the way.  Work, illness, writer’s block and Blue Cheese. Now with this Josef reaching 4 months it was time to update you on its progress

Twice the size of the last one and twice the colour on the rind

Twice the size of the last one and twice the colour on the rind

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The Blue Review – Testing the Barrels!

It was time, a time that I was both excited and feared.  It was time to try the Blue Barrels, my first Blue Cheese.  How would it taste?  Would I like it, would my friends like it?  The Blue Barrel

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Clothbound And Down-7 Month Update

7 months have passed since I made my Clothbound Cheddar (Made February 8th, 2014) and 4 months since the last update.  I have made some changes to aging the cheese, it still has its own ripening box, but I have taken it off the wooden trivet and now placed it on cedar plank.  This has seen an explosion of life and colour on the bandaging.

7 Months in and still looking great.

7 Months in and still looking great.

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Little Blue Barrels

In my last post I talked about my first attempt at making a blue cheese.  Things have progressed with these “Little Blue Barrels” and now they are covered with wonderful blue mould, the geo that I added has started to bloom and give some nice wrinkles too.

Little Blue Barrels

Little Blue Barrels

It is amazing how much a difference a week can make when aging these little things.  I am constantly surprised at my sudden affinity for these cheeses that I swore I would never make (more…)