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First Stiltonesque
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:47:25 PM »
Following Linuxboy's directions for making a Stilton type blue cheese, I began this make the day before Thanksgiving...and then got sidetracked and it stayed in the mold much much too long (like, until Friday morning) so it lacks the appearance of other stilton makes posted...I was rather surprised by the knit, since I have, in the past, had trouble with making a smooth knit and here I achieved it totally by accident.

Here is the recipe: http://www.wacheese.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71:stilton-approximation-howto&catid=38:bloomy-rind-and-blue&Itemid=58

For make notes, I followed the directions as best I could considering I started off without a pH meter, and then almost immediately into the make my digital thermometer decided that room temp was around 140F...
Sooooo....not sure how closely I followed the make directions since I had to determine some of the temps mainly by feel and pH schedules by the seat of my pants.

At any rate, I have a cheese...as well as a new thermometer and soon a new pH meter. Quite the week  lol



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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 03:01:15 PM »
Did you mill it? (it looks too smooth)
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 03:52:34 PM »
Yeah..I did...part of the knit problem (not intentional) was that I left it on the press for about 36 hours...was during Thanksgiving and there was just too much going on. I realized Friday morning how long it had been on the press and was surprised at how nicely it knit when I took it out of the mold. It was only flipped and redressed once and the knit was not great then...kinda like what you would expect.
Wouldnt you know...I get a nice knit when I really didnt need one   :o

I will be piercing this as soon as the flora begin flourishing...I have no reason to suspect I have a loose knit inside, given the condition of the outside.

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2012, 05:33:19 AM »
You pressed it?  Stilton no want to be pressed, it's claustrophobic.   :'(
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2012, 07:19:37 AM »
I put the mold on the press with a very light pressing...but yeah..I wanted it to be a bit smoother than what I have seen. Can you say overkill?   lol


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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 10:11:40 AM »
You may have closed up all of the interior cracks that let the PR grow in there :-\
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2012, 10:34:16 AM »
Well...I have a poker to poke her..it...

Next make will not involve any pressing. Not to mention I will not be making cheese the day before Thanksgiving...or Christmas..lesson learned there.

With regards to plans: They oft gang aglay! lol

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2012, 09:00:41 AM »
Blue is starting to show! I am so excited...in a few days I will be giving this a few pokes and will get a (sort of) look at the interior.

I love the fuzzy bluish covering this is getting:

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2012, 09:12:33 AM »
I love it when they start gettin blue ^-^ 
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2012, 01:16:50 PM »
Well...I have a poker to poke her..it...

Next make will not involve any pressing. Not to mention I will not be making cheese the day before Thanksgiving...or Christmas..lesson learned there.

With regards to plans: They oft gang aglay! lol

Worst thing that can happen is alot of cheese and little blue. 
This happend in my last blue. it tastes great 3 months later. very creamy and a hint of blue notes.
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2012, 01:18:08 PM »
That is kinda what I am looking for (depending on how little a blue flavor you are talking about) ...I like a mild blue with creamy paste.

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2012, 07:07:45 PM »
I also wraped it in tin foil and got a bit of yellow linnens growth so there was some spicy finish.
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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2012, 08:09:38 PM »
My First try at stilton after 5 days.

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2012, 08:52:17 AM »
Here is a pic of the purty blueness going on....
Oh! and I poked it a few times as well...it is not happy with me!

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Re: First Stiltonesque
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2012, 09:44:48 AM »
That's looking really good, It should be interesting in a weeks time.  :D
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