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.



Clothbound And Down-7 Month Update

7 months have passed since I made my Clothbound Cheddar (Made February 8th, 2014) and 4 months since the last update.  I have made some changes to aging the cheese, it still has its own ripening box, but I have taken it off the wooden trivet and now placed it on cedar plank.  This has seen an explosion of life and colour on the bandaging.

7 Months in and still looking great.

7 Months in and still looking great.


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 (more…)

Clothbound Cheddar Week 8 – Filling In The Gaps

I last posted about my Clothbound Cheddar just after week 5, there was some life to the mould/flora on the bandaging but it wasn’t where I thought it would be.  What a difference 3 more weeks make.

New fridge, old cheese

The Cheddar is in the bottom ripening box.

I have a new dual zone cheese fridge and the lovely Cheddar has gone into a new ripening box and into the fridge.   So without further ado and such I present to you my Clothbound Cheddar at 8 weeks old. (more…)

It’s Alive! – Clothbound Cheddar Week 3

The Clothbound Cheddar I made at the beginning of February is now into its third week of aging and with a few tweaks the flora on the bandages has really started to take off, so to quote Doctor Fankenstein “It’s Alive”.  There is more growth than in week 2, but that is what I had hoped for.

Top showing linens

If you get the right angle you can see some brown,pink and green on the top.

But that’s not all folks…..


Showing Signs of Life – Clothbound Cheddar 16 Days old

A few weeks ago I made my first Clothbound Cheddar and I mentioned that I would post weekly updates to show the flora growth on the bandaging.  I am happy to say that it is finally showing signs of life.  The outer layer of lard is starting to dry and you can see some of the flecks of green and blue starting to show.

week 2 cheddar

My little beauty is now 16 days old and starting to show some life.

Now this is the first time I have every encouraged mould to grown on anything not ending “bert” so the temptation to scrub the cloth will have to controlled, and now on to the rest… (more…)

Making My First Clothbound Cheddar – Wrapping Around The Lard!

I have made several Cheddar since starting to make cheese.  All have been natural rinds or they have been vacuum sealed.  It was time to make my first Bandaged or Clothbound Cheddar.  I also decided that if I was going to make a Clothbound Cheddar, then it was going to be a big one.  So off to the store I went to pick up 24 litres of skim milk and 4 Litres of whipping cream to make up 28 litres of “HomeMaid” whole milk.  Then fire up the double vats and start making cheese.

Heating milk

28 litres of milk coming up to temperature


Cheese Tease – Clothbound Cheddar

If you follow Much To Do About Cheese on Facebook then you may know that I made my first Clothbound Cheddar last weekend. Normally I would have posted about the make by now, but things got away from me this week. Between preparing for upcoming cheese making classes and my day job it was a bit too much. The post is nearly complete and will be up in a few days, but until then here is a little “Cheese Tease” with the finished product.


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Until next time go and make some cheese.

Camembert 2 – Ian 0 or How the Cheddar Saved the Day

Some times you come across something that can humble you, for years it has been Mozzarella for me. Now I have another and it is Camembert. I have posted about my earlier failure to make a Camembert for my Mother’s visit this past weekend. I tried again, and I thought things went well. The make was better, I used better milk. The draining and flipping regiment was better still. I had a decent cheese at salting. (more…)

Cheddar vs Caerphilly – Round 1…Fight! December Challenge Favourites

Once again life got in the way of posting this on time, but after pouring though several different posts, we have come up with our favourite posts for Caerphilly/Farmhouse Cheddar Challenge. (more…)