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