As I was thinking how I could fix the mess that had become my attempt at Camembert, my wife (the non-cheese lover) said “why not scrap it and start over and quit buying that type of milk. Oh and make sure you write about it too, show your failures as well as successes.” For a person who does not like cheese she does encourage me when things go wrong. I could not ask for a better partner in life….Now back to the cheese or as I will now call it “the oozy pile of fail”
I am not sure what to say, I get cocky, to big for my britches, and sometimes a cheese will give me the smack down that I deserve. This is the case with theses Camembert I have attempted to make. I followed the directions closely, I did my flips. I could blame the directions, but it is a poor maker that blames his tools. I am usually pretty good at saving a cheese that goes south, but this one was lost yesterday morning when I went to flip it in the ripening box. It fell apart in my hands, and there was some ooze coming from the centre. Even the little Camembites had issues with liquefying. I can hear Darth Roquefort now “Now your failure is complete”.
Here are some pictures of the end of the Camembert: Note these pictures are a little nasty looking.
Now for the big one
I know what I did wrong, I will fix it, and I will make this cheese again. I also won’t be using that recipe again, I will do more research and find one that should work. I will not let Camembert be another Mozzarella.
I will post more pictures on the Much To Do About Cheese Facebook page.
Until next time, go and make cheese.