Author Topic: Should I Stop the Swelling?  (Read 343 times)

Offline gsager18

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Should I Stop the Swelling?
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:49:18 PM »
So I have a little Swiss that's been aging nicely so far. It's been in the "warm room" (aka top of fridge) for 15 days so far. I'll be away from home for about a week starting in 2 days, so my plan was to let it swell until then, then wax it and toss it back in the regular cave.
However...
Just yesterday I started getting some nice looking lumps on the top and bottom (before that it was just a general bowing of the sides). It seems like the eye formation is really starting to take off. I wish I could let it go longer but I know I can't leave it unattended for a week or something bad will happen.

So what would you do? Wax it? Leave it? Something else I'm not thinking of?


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Re: Should I Stop the Swelling?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 11:04:45 AM »
I just now saw your post :-(.  What did you end up doing?  I would have just let it sit out for a week....it's only a week afterall (you could just wipe off any fuzzies, no biggie).  I would think putting it back in the fridge would stop the eye formation.  It wouldn't explode, eventually the eye formation just stops.
Have some (homemade) wine with that cheese!

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Re: Should I Stop the Swelling?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 05:00:51 PM »
I ended up waxing it and tossing it back in the regular cave, where it's been sitting happily ever since. I wasn't worried about the mold so much as it either bursting or sagging/ripening unevenly as a result of not being turned for so long. It ended up being closer to 2 weeks that I was gone, so it's just as well. Once I cut into it at least 6 months from now, I'll be sure to let everyone know how it turned out!
« Last Edit: September 17, 2013, 09:43:54 PM by gsager18 »

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Re: Should I Stop the Swelling?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 05:52:24 PM »
Thanks!  We'll be waiting!
Have some (homemade) wine with that cheese!