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Offline zarko

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gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:52:18 AM »
hello
my gouda is about 4 days on room temp drying for counting. it says it should be touch dry, when i touch the cheese it is  dry but it has a bit sticky feeling as all milk product do i guess. should i wait 3 4 days more till it gets totally dry like wood???


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Re: gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
Hi Zarko, good to meet you, I may have missed your earlier posts, did you brine your Gouda?
4 days seems long for a cheese to dry it's rind (edit: meant to say 4 days is long to leave at room temp, continue drying in cheese cave where the humidity is controlled ). I don't think I would leave it longer at room temperature. Was it always "sticky" ? I believe waxing is the easiest idea... traditional too.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2017, 10:43:03 PM by Fritz »

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Re: gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 10:16:28 PM »
4 days is too early to wax,  it should be quite dry outside when waxing , you do not want to trap moisture .   

You can also dry it in the cheese cave .

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Re: gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2017, 01:48:08 AM »
Hi Zarko.
It should be completely dry, mine usually take a week in a low humidity environment.  I dry mine off in a frost free fridge set to "1", the warmest setting.
Both of the methods you mention are fine, but you should also consider Vacuum Bagging.
I use this method, and I have enjoyed many lovely Goudas.

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Re: gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2017, 03:17:50 AM »
I wax cheeses quite a lot but I would not do it at less than 3 or 4 weeks. Most of that time is at about 13C, not room temperature.
Wax too early and moisture collects under the wax. I am currently working to save a couple of cheeses where this has happened and they were both left for about three weeks before waxing.
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Re: gouda time to wax or cloth wrap
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2017, 11:43:31 AM »
thanks a lot
i moved the cheese from 18 -20 C to 12C in my cheese cave. ill live it there till im sure it is 100% dry on touch.
i plan to wrap it in a cloth and lard.
ill keep you posted


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