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Offline artemis

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Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:03:39 PM »
I live in a an apartment that doesn't allow me to have space for a real cave.  I am pretty new to cheese making (only made 4 so far).

I'm wondering- once my cheese has dried out (couple of days on the counter, then a couple of days naked in the veggie drawer in the fridge) I vacuum seal them up.  But now what?  It will take WAY longer to age these cheeses in the fridge- is it ok to pull them out in the evenings to hang out on the counter at room temp?  Then back in the fridge overnight... 

Is it better to have constant, even temperature- or to give them a break from the chill and a chance to get to the temperature they should actually age at... Or do I have to just give up on making cheese that needs to age?

Thanks for any ideas and help.
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 02:23:39 PM »
A cooler, a bottle of ice, a bowel of water with papper towels to wick moisture, cheese mats and pooooffff yuh gotta cheese cave ^-^
I can keep my temp at 50 to 55 deg. and a humidity 85 to 90%
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 02:26:59 PM »
Wow!  So a bottle of ice is enough to keep it fairly steady?  I guess you'd have to replace once or twice per day?
I'm drying it out and vacuum sealing- so hopefully that means humidity would be less of an issue...

I actually have a cooler that I could use for this... I'm going to try tonight and see if I can't get a fairly constant temp going.

Thank you for the inspiration... nice thing is that I can move it around as needed as well, or keep it in the storage locker.

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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 02:34:58 PM »
I replace my ice (at the moment) once every other day, in the summer you may have to change once a day, or just add more ice.
I keep mine in the coolest room of the house which helps keep the temp down a bit.
If you need less RH just remove the bowel of water and damp paper towel's :)
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 06:25:56 PM »
Artemis, if you are vacuum bagging then there is no need to worry about humidity. 


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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 07:51:00 PM »
I congratulate you for looking for a method that will work in your situation. I think that shows a lot of initiative in a person, "I want to do this and this is what I have to work with". I appreciate that in a person.
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 10:00:41 PM »
Improvise, overcome and have fun ;D
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 02:16:31 PM »
Well it's not perfect, but we'll see how it goes.  I've got ice packs under a tupperware barrier here in this image.  It got the temp to 57 degrees.  This morning it had gone up to 61, so I replaced the ice packs with a larger frozen container from the bottom of my freezer.  Again separated so it didn't touch the cheese.  I'll check the temp again when I get home, but I have a feeling it will cool it down a bit more than the ice packs.

Thanks for the encouragement!  Making cheese is too much fun- gotta find a way to keep it going  ;)

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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2013, 05:45:18 PM »
When I'm not ageing a Stilton and have other cheese's, the R/H isn't such a factor, the cooler/cave still stays at circa 70 to 75%
if they are vacuum bagged the temp stays the same (50 to 55 deg.) and I am still able to age my blues over the bagged cheese's at the higher R/H.
Yes you have a slight labor intensive thing happening with the changing of the ice bottles, I have been using this for over a year and have never lost a cheese yet ;D
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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013, 05:47:19 PM »
This is a great idea!  I'm going to fill up some 2 liter bottles and freeze right now.  Thanks!


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Re: Aging without a cave or spare fridge...
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2014, 07:34:26 PM »
I had one of these containers really a large plastic one with a mat and still use it for some of my smaller cheeses what I did was get a pc fan and a USB cable cut of the end of the USB cable that would go into phone/devices and strip the red and black wires, then strip the red and black wires on the pc fan once that was done just pinch the ends of each to corresponding colour so black pc to black USB and red pc to red USB and then twist them to get a good connection plug into into the wall and there you go the fan works. All you have to do then is some how attach the fan in the box (up to you how) and then depending on the fan you could get some nice cool temps. With a £2 fan I managed to get down 6c.
If cheese was as easy as boiling an egg 8)