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Offline Old Goat

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Ooooeewww, amonia!
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:39:15 AM »
I just unwrapped my first cloth bound cheddar and it smelled like urine. Ammonia. What do I do? :P
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Re: Ooooeewww, amonia!
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 05:02:56 AM »
Cut it in four. Leave it outside for 24-48 hours. Taste and see, and cut off the rind.

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Re: Ooooeewww, amonia!
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 09:14:31 AM »
The urine/ammonia is the natural result of the mold. I've not made a cloth-bound cheddar yet, but as I understand it, most of the mold should have stayed in/on the wrapping, not getting much down onto the cheese itself. You may need to use more layers and/or more lard in your wrapping - ?

I agree with airing it out for a day or two, and/or scraping off the mold as needed. I think I'd wait to cut it until I had done the latter, though.
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Re: Ooooeewww, amonia!
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 08:40:52 AM »
Turned out fine. Thanks
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