The Clothbound Cheddar I made at the beginning of February is now into its third week of aging and with a few tweaks the flora on the bandages has really started to take off, so to quote Doctor Fankenstein “It’s Alive”. There is more growth than in week 2, but that is what I had hoped for.
But that’s not all folks…..
The major tweak that I implemented was putting the cheese in a ripening box to keep up the humidity. Right now I can only keep the mini cave between 65 and 75 % RH. With the box I can get it between 80 and 90 %.
Every day when I flip the cheese, I still have to fight the urge to clean the cloth. It get less and less each time. I had a friend ask if I am encouraging the mould growth, why do I wash my hands before I handle the cheese? My answer was “I don’t know where my hands have been”, the look on his face was priceless.
Once the cheese is fully covered, I will cut the updates to once every two weeks, unless people want me to keep it as a weekly feature. As always there will be pictures up on the Facebook Page later in the week.
In the next few week I should have a few announcements and hopefully some pictures from some of the classes that I am teaching. Until next time, go and make some cheese!