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Offline Npsperl0863

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Aging purchased wheels
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:21:53 PM »
Hi everyone,

I was given a few wheels of cheese purchased in the Netherlands, aged 6 and 18 months. Right now they are still wrapped in the original paper, and are sitting in my cheese cave.  That said, I have a few questions:

Should I unwrap them? I plan on eating the 18 mo first at some point, just not sure when.

I would like to age the 6 mo for another 3-4 mo, do I need to be washing it with brine?

ANY advice would be great, as I have never mongered cheese before. Thanks!!


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Re: Aging purchased wheels
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 08:35:44 AM »
What cheeses are these?
Are they wraped under vacuum\plastic or waxed\plastic coated?
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Re: Aging purchased wheels
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 03:44:09 PM »
I have 2 Dutch Boerenkaas's, aged 6 and 18 months, both wrapped in the original wax paper. The other one is a small wheel of Gietenkass, most likely 5-6 months aged, with a very thick rind.  Right now I have them both sitting on the bottom shelf of my cheese cave, and I'm not sure how to manage these.

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Re: Aging purchased wheels
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 05:18:02 PM »
Id vacuum seal them if possible. fire and forget.

Another option is to wax.
Last option continue with natural rind and age at 85% RH brushing them occasionally to avoid mold growth.
You could oil the rind to minimize further thickening of the rind\drying out.
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Re: Aging purchased wheels
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 01:32:09 PM »
At the least, you should probably be turning them routinely - and given that I assume you have other cheeses in there, you'll get cross-contamination... which could certainly lead to interesting results.


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