3.5 Months Under Wraps – Clothbound Cheddar Update!

It has been a while since I last updated the condition of my Clothbound Cheddar, it is time to look at the cheese now that it has reached a milestone.  Most of the recipes for cheddar say that you can try it at 3 months.  I don’t like the taste of soap, though Lifebouy has a nice piquant flavour but that is a different story; so I will wait a few more months to break out the trier and sample.

Clothbound Cheddar at 3 Months old

Made my birthday weekend, it is starting really look its age.

The lard is really doing its job and the mould is staying in the cheesecloth, I am really happy with how things are going

I have brushed the cloth a few times, and surface mould has come off.

I have brushed the cloth a few times, and surface mould has come off.

There still is one stubborn spot that is holding out.

There still is one stubborn spot that is holding out.

Some of the mould seems to be dying out and turning grey.

Some of the mould seems to be dying out and turning grey.

The areas bright green that were there in the beginning are now dull

The areas bright green that were there in the beginning are now dull

There is fairly even coverage over the whole cheese.

There is even coverage over the cheese.

I am surprised that there isn’t a funky smell coming from the ripening box.  The box smells clean and is pretty clean too.  No coating of blue mould over the sides or on the wooden trivet I have the cheese sitting on.  This is my first clothbound and I am still learning the in’s and out’s of things.  For now I will keep on keeping on with this cheese and see how long I can go before curiosity wins out and I try a sample.

I will have some pictures up on the Facebook page later this week, to be honest they are no extra pictures this time, just these.  Until next time…..

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