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Offline marianstock

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Wensleydale Cheese query
« on: June 27, 2009, 05:10:45 AM »
I have a query re Wensleydale cheese...i followed the recipe which says drain the curds in cheesecloth and open every 15 minutes for 2 hours to break the curd ... my query is to what extent do I break the curd.... does that mean into quite small curds or just break up the large lumps ??  Also once in the mould it says to keep in cool damp place for 3 weeks.. what does this mean ?? thanks.


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Re: Wensleydale Cheese query
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 10:46:30 AM »
I've not seen one that says to hold it in cheesecloth for two hours but they recipe I have used says cut the curds into 1/2 inch strips and dry for 1 to 2 days then cure at 50 degrees.

Wensleydale

Ingredients:
4 gallons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon mesophilic culture
1/8 teaspoon mesophilic aroma culture
3/4 teaspoon calcium chloride
rennet
3 tablespoons pickling salt

Procedure:
heat milk to 86°F stirring gently.
Add cultures and ripe for 1.5 hours.
Add calcium chloride
Add rennet set for 30 minutes.
After clean break cut curds into 3/8 inch pieces and rest for 10 minutes.
Slowly warm curds to 95°F over 35 minutes stirring gently.
Rest curds for 10 minutes.
Drain whey from the curds leaving curds in the pot.
Let curds mat to form one whole curd.
Cut curds into 4 pieces laying on their sides.
Turn curds every 10 minutes for 40 minutes.
Slice curds into 1/2 x 2 inch strips.
Salt curds and pack in molds.
Press at medium weight for 30 minutes
Flip cheese and repress over night.
Remove from mold, remove the cheese cloth and air dry for 1 to 2 days turning twice.
Ripen at 50°F turning daily for at least 3 weeks - longer if wanted.


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« Last Edit: June 28, 2009, 11:43:13 PM by DeejayDebi »

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Re: Wensleydale Cheese query
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009, 07:05:33 PM »
thanks deejayDebi... will try your recipe this week.... appreciate your reply

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Re: Wensleydale Cheese query
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 06:51:55 AM »
woops sorry DeejayDebi forgot to ask you if I should take my Wensleydale cheese out of the cheesecloth ??

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Re: Wensleydale Cheese query
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 11:42:40 PM »
Yes! Afte yu take it out of the mold to dry take off the cheese cloth. I will try to edit that in. Sorry - I guess it's just an automatic step for me.


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