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.

4 Comments on “Quick Improvised Mini-Cave

  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.

    • 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.

  2. Absolutely brilliant. Glad you wrote about this on your own site – not just the FB page!!!!
    🙂
    V

  3. Pingback: How to Use Ripening Boxes with Ian Treuer

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