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Offline amiriliano

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How long to age an Asiago?
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:11:09 PM »
Opinions needed: I've seen as little as 30-40 days (Ricki Carrol's site) to as long as 8-12 months (Giancalis Caldwell). I have a 3.5 pound round in the cave right now. So far 6 weeks old.

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Re: How long to age an Asiago?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2014, 05:19:40 PM »
Mary Karlin's recipe for Asiago (with peppercorns) recommends making two rounds so you can cut one early (three weeks) for Asiago Pressato and age the other for as long as you want.  I've done 3 (or 4?) Asiago's with cows milk and it was great at whatever age, IMO.  At 6 weeks I would think it would be just right for Thanksgiving (Asiago and cranberries? :)) or you could use half and bag the other half for longer aging.

Which leads me to a related comment:  For those of us that make cheese as a hobby aging is an "open book".  What I mean here is that you can follow the recipe by rote, or you can "bend the rules" so to speak and still have a wonderful cheese to enjoy now AND later.  Some of the best cheeses I've made were the ones that I cut a bit early, and feeling guilty bagged them and stuck them in the back of the fridge.  When I cut those they were even better! 

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Re: How long to age an Asiago?
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 09:59:18 AM »
That makes sense especially since 3 different authors may give 3 different affinage times for the same style. By Thanksgiving it will be 2 months. I'll cut half and serve it and shrink wrap the other half for further aging

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Re: How long to age an Asiago?
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 04:35:16 PM »
Let us know how it goes (with pictures, please).

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Re: How long to age an Asiago?
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 07:47:17 PM »
My most recent Asiago, from last week, shall be tried at Christmas. I can let you know how that worked out if you'd like.
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Re: How long to age an Asiago?
« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:55:30 AM »
Sure. I'm going to crack mine open for Thanksgiving.