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Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« on: November 02, 2012, 11:29:24 PM »
Ok, My very first Jarlsberg is now 6 days old and the surface is dry and starting to darken.

I have read several articles on making Jarlsberg and they all vary in waxing time.
Some say three days, some say three weeks and others so not at all.

I would appreciate some guidance on what you have found succesful.

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« Last Edit: November 28, 2012, 04:28:02 AM by Schnecken Slayer »
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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 08:24:53 AM »
I would say it depends, to some extent, on the size of the cheese...once the rind is fairly dry (as yours is) if it is a 2 pound (1 kilo) cheese then you might consider waxing it sooner than a 4 or 5 pounder. The problem with the smaller cheeses is they will dry out entirely much sooner if left too long.

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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2012, 10:58:07 AM »
That makes sense, it is about 1 kilo.
Waxing it is!

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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 04:33:32 AM »
Looking around the web it seems that a pinch of sodium nitrate helps with a Jarlsberg.

Today the wax has been breached and some whey has leaked out. I guess this is from the bubbles forming in the cheese as it has a split in the top visible through the wax. We have had a couple of warmer days here and that may be the cause.

Do I have to remove the wax and let it re-dry or try and fix the breach?

Ok a web search found the following:

I think in smaller cheeses you have to go for smaller eyes, like you have.  Larger eyes would probably cause the cheese to split.  Now, that being said, I've never made a swiss and I'm just rattling off what I recall being talked about a while back.  I'm sure you've looked into those threads a lot more closely than I, so, I'll stop now.  Looks great though.  And the bread sounds good too.  Yum!

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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 06:25:53 PM »
Picture added. Any recommendations/suggestions?









117 looks - no answers?
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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012, 08:23:36 AM »
Sorry guy...I have no experience with waxing and with jarlsbergs or swiss at all.

Just as a guess I would think remove the wax, dry and rewax....not sure, other than lard, how you could perform repairs.

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Re: Jarlsberg - Wax Or Not > Leaking Whey
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2012, 01:51:11 PM »
Thanks anyway.
I started another thread and received some answers.

I have removed the wax and apart from the cracks it looks and smells great.
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