Quick Improvised Mini-Cave

I often speak of ripening boxes or mini-caves.  I thought I would share a little photo essay on how to make a quick, cheap, but temporary fix until you can get a container that fits your cheese better.  Again this is just my opinion and it works for me.

All you need is a bike pump or a straw, plastic draining mat & zip-lock bag

All you need is a bike pump or a straw,
plastic draining mat & zip-lock bag

Make sure your mat fits inside the bag

Make sure your mat fits inside the bag

It seems like a no brainner, but put the mat in the bag

It seems like a no brainer, but put the mat in the bag

Put your cheese and a moist paper towel in the bag

Seal the bag but leave a little spot open for your pump/straw

Insert the straw/pump, check the seal and start pumping/blowing

Insert the straw/pump, check the seal and start pumping/blowing

It will start to inflate

When you have it inflated enough pull out the pump/straw and seal it

Nice and puffy and ready to go into the cave

Nice and puffy and ready to go into the cave

Make sure you air out the cheese and wipe the bagat least once a day and check the towel too

Make sure you air out the cheese and wipe the bag
at least once a day and check the towel too

Remember this is a temporary fix and should not be used for long-term ageing.  You could get some nasty results.

Go and make some cheese, and now you can store it too.

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3 comments

  1. What a fun idea! When I first started, I used a plastic (food-grade) box with a mat and damp paper towel. It worked, but this is even easier – especially if you’re traveling or making cheese at a friend’s house and need a quick solution.

    1. It has worked out well for me as a temporary solution. When I was making Crescenza for the first time, it was very late when it came out of the press/mould then the brine. I was so tired I needed it to be safe while I slept.

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