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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2012, 09:40:43 AM »
Yep, this is kind of like raising children. :) You watch them grow up and hopefully make something of themselves. Speaking of children, I think these need their diapers changed.

Who wants to be the godparent?

OK, anyway... This was day 11. I have pics both before and after the wash. Next wash in 3 or 4 days.


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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2012, 11:16:10 PM »
Yep, this is kind of like raising children. :) You watch them grow up and hopefully make something of themselves. Speaking of children, I think these need their diapers changed.

Who wants to be the godparent?

OK, anyway... This was day 11. I have pics both before and after the wash. Next wash in 3 or 4 days.
Yeah, okay, I'll be a godparent.... Here's my address. Go ahead and send them over for me to look after.  :)

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2012, 01:15:53 PM »
I was thinking more along the lines of you coming over and making them less stinky. ;)

Anyway, day 12. Edges are getting more squishy. Getting close to wrap-up time.

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2012, 02:39:15 PM »
Day 13. Not a whole lot going on with them right now. I'll wash again tomorrow and then decide whether to wrap them up or not.


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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2012, 10:42:51 AM »
Day 14. Washed the cheeses again today after 3 days. I really don't see much color change. When I squeeze the edges, I can see the sides bulge out now.

Decision time... do I wrap in a couple days or wash once more???



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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2012, 11:59:06 PM »
Stinky, huh? Looking good.

Ohhhh, the anticipation.... :P

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2012, 11:07:44 AM »
Day 20
I haven't bothered to post any pictures the last couple days because there wasn't much change. They've been through 2 weeks of washing, so right or wrong I decided to wrap them and put them in the regular refrigerator today. Grand opening maybe 3 or 4 weeks.

The edges are nice and soft. I expected more color change, but I'll take what I got.

My wrapping skills need MAJOR work. :)


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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2012, 12:09:47 AM »
You know, they look like little floured rounds of dough.

Nice wrapping & labeling. A cheese for your efforts.

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #38 on: October 23, 2012, 05:32:16 PM »
Gotta love the label!

Use a smaller one next time though so the wrapper have more breathing surface unblocked.

They look fine!  The orange will continue to develop.  You can always encourage the B.Linens with a bit of coarse salt for abrasive action when washing. More important than the look - how do they smell?

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2012, 05:51:59 PM »
How do you keep them so clean, so uncontaminated by other stuff.......


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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2012, 06:36:49 PM »
Gotta love the label!

Use a smaller one next time though so the wrapper have more breathing surface unblocked.

They look fine!  The orange will continue to develop.  You can always encourage the B.Linens with a bit of coarse salt for abrasive action when washing. More important than the look - how do they smell?

I used the larger label because as a novice cheese wrapper I could just barely get the "paper" around the cheese. It's kinda holding a lot of loose ends together.  ;)

My wife complains every time she goes down the basement, so I think they smell just right.  :)

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2012, 06:38:54 PM »
How do you keep them so clean, so uncontaminated by other stuff.......
It seems that the Geo and linens keep everything else from growing. 1 week of every other day washes, 1 week of 2 washes. Flip every day.

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2012, 10:03:20 PM »
I hope your wife doesn't smell ammonia but just good cheese!

Kathrin, when you wash cheese its a lot easier to prevent foreign things from growing because you keep washing it over and over again, knocking down whatever contaminants are attempting to take hold.  By the time you stop washing you have such overwhelming majority of your desired flora that it's difficult for contaminants to compete.  And then of course, there is a matter of using good sanitizing practices: The wash bottle should be sanitized, the wash cloth should be sanitized, so is the box and the boards, and everything needs to be away from contaminants, trash, baking, pickling, meat curing etc.

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Re wrapping, I forgot earlier to add this video. Slow it down. this is how you wrap a cheese such as this. If you can't get it right, head over to a good cheese shop and make friends with the cheesemonger. They do this all day long...
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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2012, 03:22:00 AM »
No ammonia, just a nice funky cheese smell.  She really doesn't mind it, she just likes to have something to whine about. And I give her SO few reasons! :)

 Thanks iratherfly. That video is very helpful. I was trying to start at one corner and work my way around.

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Re: My First Reblochon. Might As Well Join The Party
« Reply #44 on: October 24, 2012, 05:39:01 AM »
Thanks for the video, Yoav, that's very helpfull. I think I'll have to practise still a bit before I can wrap them so quickly...
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