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Offline Gürkan Yeniçeri

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Problem: Swollen Wax on Farm House Cheddar
« on: January 02, 2010, 10:15:13 PM »
Happy new year everyone,
2 of my waxed Farm House Cheddars are swollen. There is obviously gas build up. There are other 2 which are normal and I am guessing the problem would be under pressing. The ones that are swollen are pressed less than the other two. These are the batches I have done in Sep-Oct last year.
I didn’t open them yet but I plan to open them soon, clean with vinegar, dry a day or two and re-wax them. Would that be OK?


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Re: Problem: Swollen Wax on Farm House Cheddar
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2010, 10:19:49 PM »
You made these in September and they just now started to swell?

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Re: Problem: Swollen Wax on Farm House Cheddar
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2010, 10:45:17 PM »
Hi Debi,

I am not sure when they started to swell, one of them has a hole and was dripping on to another cheese which was covered with Aluminium cheese foil. So I guess they were swelling since November.

The swelling is just gas between the cheese and the wax, not the cheese itself.

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Re: Problem: Swollen Wax on Farm House Cheddar
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2010, 11:14:57 PM »
The gas has to be coming from the cheese. The wax will not creat gas unless it is melting. Sounds like it was swelling and released it gas leaving the wax bulged until you noticed it. The hole is probably where it blew.