Author Topic: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type  (Read 2021 times)

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Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:54:11 AM »
You know, there's a product that (IMHO) none of the cheesemaking retailers carry right now.

I'm fairly certain that spruce boards to age cheese on are not in anyone's inventory. When I went looking, it was difficult to even find spruce lumber local to where I live. I had to travel up to Seattle to find mine. Other folks may want to put spruce ripening boards to work in their process but don't have a clue where to get the boards. If they were fortunate enough to locate a source for the spruce, then there's the cutting to size and finishing. I was lucky that my Dad has the woodworking shop to complete my boards. I think if someone offered boards in a couple sizes that would fit into typical ripening boxes, they would fill a cheesemaking niche.

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 09:39:03 AM »
Is spruch the same as cedar?  We have plenty growing around here. 
How do you use the board? (clean and maintain)
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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 09:41:56 AM »
Ooh! An excuse to buy tools!  I'll have to see if I can source spruce locally...

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 10:06:32 AM »
Boofer, why spruce and not any of the other fine species of wood we have in the PNW?
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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 10:24:02 AM »
Surely spruce (a type of pine) grows in the northwest...??

Cedar is very different from spruce and would not make a good choice at all. Too much cedar aroma ... I am sure that would taint your cheeses and cheese cave. Once upon a time chests were made of cedar to store clothes and such in since the smell of the wood would keep away moths.

Somewhere I read that birch would be a decent choice....white oak also. If I had my dad's woodshop I might make an attempt to fill the niche...he has/had virtually every kind of wood working gizmo you can think of.   LoL he had a shopsmith but got tired of changing the configuration so he set it up as a lathe and then bought a table band saw, etc etc.


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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012, 11:54:29 AM »
I thought the boards were supposed to be rough cut boards, not planed or sanded at all.  That's what I've read.  Of course, the ends and edges could be planed and sanded I suppose....if one needed to have a good reason to buy tools!  (I have sympathy with you there!)

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2012, 12:01:46 PM »
I would think Birch is pretty neutral, but oak might impart a flavor that may or may not be desirable - think oaked wines.

Seems like rough cut would be good for aging a cheese with an established rind, but would be hard to clean when used for the early stages of affinage.

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 12:18:17 PM »
Spruce Is Hard to find any more because it was only used for trim around the eves of the house or around window or door trim
so you will have to fined it at a hard wood retailer becaues it is not use much on houses any more just for cabinets or fine wood working
sorry I know it is not about cheese only your wood topic.
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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 12:34:39 PM »
If someone wants some rough cut spruce I can ask around the small saw mills around here.  Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'm in the North East and we have spruce here.

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2012, 12:49:45 PM »
Spruce is easy to find where I live. This type of deal is very regional. I'm guessing there's lots of fir up in the PNW. Not sure at all which woods would be good or not for this. But spruce and tools? I have that. Hmmm.  8)


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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2012, 07:21:47 PM »
Got a whole bunch of Spruce boards recently from a small local sawmill to put in my aging room. Now I am trying to fill these boards with cheese. I made my first two batches last week. Here is the result so far.


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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 07:27:20 PM »
Boofer, why spruce and not any of the other fine species of wood we have in the PNW?
Okay, suggestions for cheese ripening? I'm a newbie in this arena and all I've seen referenced are spruce. I think there's a thread or two that discuss possible alternatives.

From this thread:
"The shelves I use here are a mix of pine and ash. These 2 materials I find to work quite well and are easy to keep clean. Other woods such as oak and maple are somewhat problematic in that they stain the cheeses."

I just thought it unusual that no one seems to sell boards of any kind.

Got a whole bunch of Spruce boards recently from a small local sawmill to put in my aging room. Now I am trying to fill these boards with cheese. I made my first two batches last week. Here is the result so far.
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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012, 07:44:42 PM »
Our native hem and fir right over from Shelton or anywhere past that on 12 or nearby areas work just fine. So does pine. Find a sawmill and you can buy the rough cut slabs straight from the bandsaw.  Dry them out and you'll be set.
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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 08:22:44 PM »
Got pine in the cave too. Just got spruce because sawmill had it handy. Not a devotee, sorry.

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Re: Boards, For Aging Cheeses On - Wood Type
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 01:25:12 AM »
I still have to find out what it is exactly, but there are people here selling old wood from cheese warehouses for a lot of money http://www.vanderleedenhout.nl/index.php?id=oudekaasplanken (Sorry for the Dutch language...) I'm pretty sure it's pine, just like OudeKaas is using...

I have to correct something: Part of it they transformed into wood for floors, but they have also wood that is unchanged and originates from cheese warehouses. For that you pay about 3 euro's for a shelf of 25-35 cm deep, 110-130 cm long and 15-22 mm thick. And that's a nice price...
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