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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2014, 09:53:26 PM »
I have a cheese I'll have to cut tomorrow. I'll need to put the electric chainsaw to work. ::)

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2014, 10:01:32 PM »
I like the drill idea. I have a 15cm long, 1/8" diam. bit that I might use on my next blue. That would reduce the chances of the holes closing up.
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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2014, 10:40:15 PM »
The drill is a great idea, John! Where did you buy the cheese bit for the drill? I asked at Home Depot and they looked at me funny  :o ;)
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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2014, 09:16:54 AM »
I have a cheese I'll have to cut tomorrow. I'll need to put the electric chainsaw to work. ::)

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I have found that my DeWalt sawzall with a fine toothed metal blade works well :o
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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2014, 12:49:56 PM »
The saws will work fine for softer cheeses, but be aware that for hard cheeses (especially a well-aged cheddar or even more a parm) you really need a plasma torch.


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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2014, 01:26:52 PM »
the plasma torch helps with heating the cheese up to room temp also 8)
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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2014, 08:16:20 AM »
the plasma torch helps with heating the cheese up to room temp also 8)
And for heating your Raclette. ;)

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2014, 06:23:41 AM »
I like the drill idea. I have a 15cm long, 1/8" diam. bit that I might use on my next blue. That would reduce the chances of the holes closing up.
I just used the regular skewer I use which is a plastic (acetal) rod with the tip sharpened.   I didn't use a drill bit because I was afraid it would remove too much cheese.  The "spinning" does help keep the skewer from sticking and the hole from closing.  The suggestion to let the cheese come to room temp first sounds like a good one as well (and which I'll try for the second "drilling" later this week.  I would think you could use any type of sterilized skewer or knitting needle (4 or 5mm??).

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2014, 10:14:27 AM »
Since this thread has gone off on a technical tangent, I'll give you the exact recommended dimensions. You will get the best results if your skewer is exactly 4.37225 mm. Please note that the commonly available 4.37228 mm skewer is NOT an acceptable substitute.

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2014, 03:26:10 PM »
Please provide an objective definition of best, and avoid using subjective terms. ;)

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2014, 08:47:49 PM »
Since this thread has gone off on a technical tangent, I'll give you the exact recommended dimensions. You will get the best results if your skewer is exactly 4.37225 mm. Please note that the commonly available 4.37228 mm skewer is NOT an acceptable substitute.
well so much for us home cheese makers, I know I don't care what my skewer size is as long as I get some veining in the cheese  ;D
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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2014, 11:40:31 AM »
Please provide an objective definition of best, and avoid using subjective terms. ;)

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No problem at all. Best is whatever is produced in a given cheese by the methods used by yours truly. As in, "Daddy, this cheese doesn't taste right." "Sorry, you just don't know how it is supposed to taste. What you have here is actually the best [fill in the blank type of cheese] that you have ever tasted."

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Re: 3rd Stilton (and testing some new stuff)
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2014, 02:09:09 PM »
Hm, ok, backed up with appropriate citations and you're done.

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