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Offline tfinney

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Is that some sort of crack?
« on: June 26, 2009, 05:33:51 PM »
Hi!

 I'm new at cheesemaking. I'm just wondering.......while aging my cheese in the fridge, large cracks have formed in the rind. Did I do something wrong? Did I do something that I should not have, like add too much rennet? I'm just wondering what I can do to gaured against this in the future.............??


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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 10:20:55 PM »
too dry of an environment. Need to increase the humidity. If you cannot regulate your humidity well enough, try waxing.  I am a rookie also, so perhaps those with more experience can give you actual step process that will help.

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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009, 10:35:33 PM »
More than likely it dried too fast. 

Aging cheese is actually harder than making cheese in my opinion.    This is not easy.
I still struggle with aging cheese processes.


You will want to store the cheese in a temp/humidity controlled environment. There are numerous thread in this forum related to humidity and humidity control, but in short, you will want to dry the cheese or a day or two, then put in a ~80% cheese cave. 

newbie001  was correct in suggesting sealing the cheese if you cannot control humidity.  But I would suggest shrink wrapping or vacuum sealing instead of waxing.

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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 07:11:44 PM »
Thanks for your input guys! I really appreciate it. I can only afford a regular fridge for now, so I'm wondering if maybe a washed rind might also help.........??

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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 11:54:09 PM »
I agree with Wayne! I don't like waxing. Vacuum sealing or cloth and lard bandages work well.


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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 06:14:57 AM »
Like I said, I'm pretty new at this. Could you explain "cloth and lard bandages"?

Thanks

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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009, 08:20:03 AM »
This is a practice of applying a light coat of lard to the wheels of cheese, then wrapping mulsin around the wheel and smearing the outside with lard. 

This is a traditional approach to sealing a wheel of cheese and is still practiced by high end cheddar makers.
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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2009, 05:26:47 AM »
tfinney, some good responses already, just to add, I had the same problem with my pressed cheeses when I started. Most newer fridges are forced dehumidified air that is very dry. Thus veg and cheese/meat drawers to reduce air circulation and drying of veg/cheese/meat.

In the linked picture above I believe that the drying of the external area of cheese cause shrinkage and as the drying was rapid (as small cheese and v low humidity in fridge) the middle was still very moist, this resulted in high stresses and cracking of my cheese.

If you look in the Equipment - Aging Cheese Board you can see many people still use these fridges but with many tricks to maintain high humidity, ie upside down bowls, plastic Tupperware type boxes with lid cracked, bowls of water with towels draped over side to wick moisture into air.

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Re: Is that some sort of crack?
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2009, 07:09:44 AM »

 Excellent! Thank you so much for your input! I'll check out that forum, then,
and see what's cooking there. Thanks again.