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Offline george13

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Use of cheese-cloth in Gouda moulds
« on: March 08, 2012, 09:37:59 AM »
Would someone please describe the process of using cloth inside a mold.  I have these Gouda molds which do have a bottom and a rounded edge follower.  How does one avoid the bunching of the cloth into the cheese, which causes uneven surfaces.  What would happen if a cheese-cloth was not used.  Thanks


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Re: Use of cheese-cloth in Gouda moulds
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 09:22:20 AM »
I'll start with your last question - if you don't use cheesecloth for your early pressings, the curd will most likely stick to your mold and you'll have a heck of a time getting it out.

Based on a suggestion posted by FarmerJD< I use sheeting fabric to make curd bags that fit well into my mold, with the upper portion being wider so that it can fold down outside of the mold.  I then have a circle of fabric that goes on top of the curds before putting the follower on.  I still have a few wrinkle marks, but not many.

You can also press "naked" for your last pressing.  Some people have luck with it, but I haven't seen much of a difference, I think because the wheel is too cool by that point to press the marks out.

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Re: Use of cheese-cloth in Gouda moulds
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2012, 10:32:40 AM »
Thank you so much, I figured there had to be someone here that had to overcome the same problem at one point or another.