Tasty To The Core – 8 Month Clothbound Cheddar – Sampling

Last month I wrote about my Clothbound Cheddar  and how it has aged.  This was the first time I have ever made a Clothbound Cheese and it has been an education.  I think I mentioned during the first post that I missed a step and that time would tell if it would be a problem.  At 8 months it was time to see if I have a success or failure on my hands, thankfully I have a Trier that my wife gave me last year for Christmas. (All pictures are taken with my iPad.)

Plunging the Trier into the bandaging required some force

Plunging the Trier into the bandaging required some force.

I have a new appreciation for bandaged cheeses, the layers were hard to get the Trier through, but in the end it yielded.

With a few twists the sample started to come out easily.

With a few twists the sample started to come out easily.  (Yes I was making cheese, you can see it in the background)

The bandage tore and then provided a clean top to the “plug.”  There was edible cheese right to the edge of the sample.  I was worried that I did not seal the bandages correctly.

The aroma and texture were better than I could have hoped for.

The aroma and texture were better than I could have hoped for.

I did notice a slightly crumbly texture towards the centre of the sample, but I am not too worried about it now.  The aroma was amazing, it smelled like an aged cheddar and the texture was spot on!  Flavour was spot on too, it had a nice aged cheddar flavour, but not in your face.  Alas it still has 4 months to go, it is my “Birthday Cake” and not a bad one at that.  I put a plug of cheese back in and sealed it with some softened cheese (the way I have seen it on Cheese Slices).  It is resting comfortably back in its box, not to be disturbed until February 2015.  I really need to start another one and soon!

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8 comments

  1. Looks amazing Ian. I gotta make some. Don’t know why, but I just haven’t got around to cloth bound cheddar yet, but you have inspired me!

  2. Hmmmmm…. my clothbound cheddar looks similar to yours. My niece’s did not get any mold on it. 😦 I thought I’d done something wrong.

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