Author Topic: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?  (Read 4555 times)

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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2011, 10:43:36 AM »
Aw, come on, folks...it's really not a big deal.  Just grab every scientific, cultural and historical text, likely, related to dairy, husbandry and cheese making, retain it fully after a cursory first run, and implement and improve upon it in an energy output rivaling Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, and you, too, can opine on anything known to turophilic mankind - as easily as if it were rudimentary and ubiquitous knowledge. ;D

Now THAT is kinda funny :)  I must be reading several forums and books (mostly on History and Homesteading) and understand the challenge of doing just that!!!  But it's funny because I can fully relate and appreciate the Knowledge LinuxBoy clearly has (as is obvious many if not most or all here do).
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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2011, 10:55:40 AM »
Now THAT is kinda funny :)


KINDA funny? 

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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2011, 04:02:20 PM »
Aw, come on, folks...it's really not a big deal.  Just grab every scientific, cultural and historical text, likely, related to dairy, husbandry and cheese making, retain it fully after a cursory first run, and implement and improve upon it in an energy output rivaling Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, and you, too, can opine on anything known to turophilic mankind - as easily as if it were rudimentary and ubiquitous knowledge. ;D

...I only had to look up one big word  ;)

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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2011, 05:12:08 PM »
Glad I've done my part to keep at least one of the 170,000 words of the English language from falling into desuetude. ;)

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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2011, 12:58:56 AM »
linuxboy,

Thank you so much for the information... I appreciate your reply very much. This is one I am saving.

Best regards,
Laurie

It's an easy answer made complicated by bacteriology in general and dairy science and contamination specifically. To put it simply, the combination of raw material, handling, bacterial ecosystem, and affinage make it difficult for botulism spores to gain a foothold and to grow. ...

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C. botulinum .. Again!
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2012, 03:38:37 PM »
I was just reading some back posts on the forum here and just had to jump in here on the botulism thing.
http://cheeseforum.org/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=6794.0;last_msg=48547
I totally agree with L-B on a properly made cheese being very difficult for C.botulinm to set up housekeeping within due to the environment of a properly made cheese.
HOWEVER.
I have seen some real science projects in home cheese making where things have not gone well. Especially failed fermentations with plenty of lactose and moisture in the curds when they get pressed. I do suspect that this would be an ideal environment for some stray spores to get going in. This would be even worse if they decided to plastic pak the cheese. Not even mentionioning undersalting etc.
Maybe I am just playing the devils advocate here and perhaps should focus on preaching about proper fermentations and acid targets but just throwing it out there.

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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2012, 05:19:19 PM »
It is unlikely that an infected cheese would ever make it to an edible stage. C. botulinum produces a TON of gas and would most likely just explode the cheese. And it has a rotten egg smell that is a clear warning. This shows up every now and then in the grocery stores, often canned beans, where the can is obviously deformed by the internal pressure of the gas.

The botulinum toxin is easily destroyed with cooking. But the best advice is If it stinks, don't eat it. ;)
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Re: Vacuum Plastic Sealing - Why No Botulism?
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2012, 06:57:45 PM »
It has always amazed me how much of the scientific stuff Pav, Ed  and Francous can remember. I've read it absorbed it, made tables from it all and forgot it like where I left my keys and they just pull it out like it's on the tips of their fingers. It's even funnier when someone quotes something I did and it doesn't ring any bells - must be getting old!

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