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My first Edam
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:24:01 PM »
Well here is my first try at Edam. I am happy with the way it unfolded, I guess I will find out in 2 months.


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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 09:24:11 PM »
Nice looking cheese.  I like the 24 lb cheese press... :)

Milk in a bag?  How's that work?
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013, 09:26:16 PM »
Only in Canada.

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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 09:40:51 PM »
What, does it come frozen?  :P
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 09:52:47 PM »
it is fresh milk. There are 3 X 1.3333 liter bags inside. Yes I know life is complicated in Canada. :D)

Milk in bags, eh?



http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/2010/02/04/so_we_drink_milk_from_bags_does_that_make_us_weird.html
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 10:40:04 PM »
Wow--I'm at a loss for words...  I've lived in 4 different countries (and a number of places within 2 of those countries) on 3 different continents and have never seen this before.  I feel so enlightened.  Thanks!
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 11:21:34 PM »
I've seen bagged milk in Israel, and I think Turkey

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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2013, 08:21:25 AM »
Nice looking cheese.  I like the 24 lb cheese press... :)

Milk in a bag?  How's that work?
Let's see... ditto, ditto, what...what?!, ditto.

What a concept. Not too far removed from wine-in-a-bag/box. ::)

As far as environmentally-friendly...with the milk I use, my plastic jugs get recycled and the glass bottles go back to the dairy.

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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2013, 11:05:28 AM »
Good work on the floating thermometer!  ;)
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2013, 11:56:09 AM »
I've seen bagged milk in Israel, and I think Turkey

Yeah, they use 72 degrees hot fill.   Its cheaper then boxed milk which is UP.   
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2013, 12:56:51 PM »
I look forward to following this thread and seeing how your first Edam turns out!  I'm making my first one tomorrow (when my fresh milk delivery arrives).  Having done a little research beforehand, I invested in some cream wax that contains mold inhibitors with which I will coat the Edam prior to hard waxing (in accordance with recipe directions).  Are you taking this approach or going with a natural rind maybe?

I experimented with the cream wax on a cheddar I recently air dried.  There were some little crevices on the side that I wanted to "protect" with the cream wax before hard waxing.  Had some issues with knitting on the (first attempt) white cheddar, so the morning after pressing I tried using a heating pad under the stainless steel draining plate seal the ends...and it worked!  However the sides still had a few minor crevices that were more evident after the drying period.  Anyway, hoping this cream wax does the trick.  It's fun to use too (applied with fingers because I like to play with my cheese).

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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2013, 01:08:54 PM »
P.s., Does anyone think it would make much of a difference if I used 1.5% milkfat instead of the 2% in the recipe?
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2013, 02:27:02 PM »
I mentioned the bagged milk to my wife, she tells me they had it in Oregon in the 70's and 80's me I never heard of it, always glass, plastic or carton.
I to am impressed with the floating thermometer 8)
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2013, 02:54:07 PM »
Cute (and informative) video :-)....my, the things we Americans learn on this site!
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Re: My first Edam
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2013, 03:30:37 PM »
I love the floating thermometer, I'm going to try that on my next make. I've been using a bent coat hanger across my pot to suspend the thermometer at the right level. This seems less cumbersome, great idea!