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Offline Brentsbox

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Gouda - Air-Dry Time?
« on: March 25, 2010, 06:01:00 AM »
I have had a block of gouda in the cooler air drying for about a week now, turning daily.  One side has started to develop a rind like hardness.  My question is,  do I have to let it air dry the full 3 weeks or can I go ahead and wax it?
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Re: Gouda - Air-Dry Time?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 07:16:53 AM »
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You said that one side is drying out... is the other side still moist?
Assuming that the cheese is equally dry all around, you should take the size into consideration.
A small cheese, or a cheese with a large ratio of surface area (ie a large thin wheel), will dry out much more quickly than a large one, and I think should be waxed sooner rather than later to avoid overly drying out the cheese.
If the cheese is particularly large, I would imagine that there would be enough moisture inside to prevent this from happening. In fact, you'd probably want to air dry a semi-hard cheese like gouda longer to ensure that it is fully drained/adequately dried to reduce the chances of excess whey weeping out or causing spoilage problems during aging.
I am not an expert on gouda though. Can anyone else back me up on this?
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Re: Gouda - Air-Dry Time?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 12:18:27 PM »
Whey issues are usually causes by the curd not cooking enough or from bad milk. Air drying for 2-3 days should be enough for a Gouda. It's just enough to dry the rind out a tad. The outer rind should be tougher immediately after you take it out of the brine and drying helps with that process.

Can you please post a pic of the rind? Hard to know what you mean by drying out; descriptions differ from person to person :)
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