Josef And Its Technicolour Dream Rind

I have meant to give an update on my second Josef for a while, things have gotten in the way.  Work, illness, writer’s block and Blue Cheese. Now with this Josef reaching 4 months it was time to update you on its progress

Twice the size of the last one and twice the colour on the rind

Twice the size of the last one and twice the colour on the rind

I am determined to keep this one in a ripening box until it is ready, no vacuum sealing for this cheese.

The cheese is still being washed, but only once a week.

The cheese is still being washed, but only once a week.

The rind is quite strong, yet there is some give

Josef is aging gracefully on a cedar plank

I used a draining bag/mould liner during pressing, I was very happy with the rind knit and the marks left by the bag add character to the cheese.  Much like its name sake was in life.

I am surprised that there hasn't been much geo development.

I am surprised that there hasn’t been much geo development.

But there has been some nice ivory, orange and some pink hues on the rind.

But there has been some nice ivory, orange and some pink hues on the rind.

Alas there is still another 8 months to go.  Luckily I have my trier and in another 4 months I will take a sample to see how things are progressing.  I hope to have a few more pictures up on Facebook later in the week.20140423-094429.jpg

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