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Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« on: March 24, 2012, 05:55:10 PM »
Hi,
I have goat's milk geotrichum/penicilium ash coated molded cheeses, and mixed cow/goat robiola style geotrichum molded wheels in my wine fridge. Recently I've noticed that the fridge, and some of the wheels (mostly the robiola) have a mild but distinct vegetal, artichoke'y smell to them. It's not entirely unpleasant but it's definitely new, and not a smell i would normally expect or associate with the cheeses I'm making. Is this a known defect, and is there something I might be doing/not doing that could be causing it? I have made these recipes in the past with good results and no occurrence of this particular smell.

The environment is a 16 bottle wine refrigerator, with racks up top for cheese and bottom shelves for trays of water (frequently cleaned and changed), temp at around 52-54ºF, 80-85% humidity (I'm trying to get humidity above 90% but that's proven challenging).

thanks,

Matt


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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2012, 06:26:09 PM »
Give them and your fridge some fresh air.

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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 08:17:47 AM »
So you think it's an issue of air circulation? Is this a smell that you've encountered?

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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 09:14:28 AM »
I've had a ripened cheese give off a distinctive cabbage smell. It dissipated with airing out. Someone (LB?) Said that it was associated with a particular strain of a ripening mold. (I'd have to search for it to remember the exact facts.) We ate the cheeses; it wasn't in the taste.
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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 09:17:30 AM »
Thanks Pam! Good to know. The smell is kind of cabbage-y come to think of it, kind of like cooked cabbage, or cooked artichoke. I'll give the cheese an airing and scrub out the wine fridge and see if that helps.


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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 01:02:57 PM »
Air is very important to these cheeses!

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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 11:48:47 AM »
@Deejay, yes indeed it is. There's a fan in the fridge and I hadn't seen this issue previously, so I was hoping circulation was adequate, I make sure to not crowd the cheeses, and keep air circulation open as much as possible, I used to have solid shelves but found that limited air flow, so replaced them with wire racks. I may have to look for ways to increase it further now.

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Re: Artichoke smell in wine fridge/cheese
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 05:35:27 PM »
Just open the door everyday for a few minutes to air out the cheeses with lids open. I even do that with my sausages. The more you have in there the more they need air. Mold cheese really need air!