Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Second Cheddar Update: Mould Happens!


As the Cheddar is drying, it starts to develop a bit of a rind, but inevitably some little bits of mould form. From what I've read this is perfectly normal and likely due to poor air circulation during the drying phase. I noticed these little bits this morning when I was about ready to coat the cheese for aging.

You can't coat it with mould on the cheese, but there is a simple way to remove it that is perfectly safe: 1/2 cup distilled water + 1 tsp salt + 1/2 tsp white vinegar. Soak a little piece of cheesecloth in the solution and rub the mold off, then pat dry.


Works like a charm! No more little fun guys all over my Cheddar! :) I had to let it dry a little longer though so that I could safely coat it. I dry the cheese in the oven so its cat-proof, in a container with the lid slightly open. This time I left the oven door slightly open and I put on the oven hood fan on low and it worked really well for the air circulation. The cheese was all dry in 4 hours and ready for coating.


This is the first of three coats and I have to let this dry until tonight, then I'll flip it over and coat the bottom and leave that overnight. I want to make sure the coating is really solid and dry this time around so I don't have any sticky coated cheese in my cheese cave while it ages! 

6 comments:

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Good old vinegar! A natural and wonderfully effective cleaner. I laugh with the cat-proofing because I totally get that. Those little fur balls are not to be trusted! LOL

Rain said...

I have one little bratty fur ball who actually tried to open the oven door because he watched me the whole time putting the cheese in there to dry. I have to hide from them now lol!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I can honestly say, after reading all this about cheddar - I think I will give it a miss for a very long time! I can do the mozza, ricotta, curds, etc but cheddar is a real baby!!!! :)

Rain said...

Dianna, you said it. i love it though, but I never expected it to take up so much of my time for what is labeled an "easy" cheese to make. Not only that, I am STILL buying supplies...I'll post more about that another day, but it's definitely gotten to be more of an expense than 'JUST ADD FREAKING MILK'...lol...it'll be all worth it when we taste it though!

Nicole Thomas said...

I think I have to agree with Dianne...although it is so tempting to make all those fantastic cheeses. It's just too time consuming for me right now. I am going to Germany in two weeks. I will roll in cheese for ten days to satisfy all my cravings ... lol

Rain said...

Hey Sis, you're right, it is tempting. But VERY time consuming. But also frustrating. And enjoyable. Lol...it's such a roller coaster. I'm lucky I have the time and desire to follow through it, but IF I knew about all this before, I don't think I would have bought the Cheddar kit. I'm glad I did because I think it'll be okay and turn out well, but it has taken a lot of time and money and a big learning curve. I hope you have fun rolling around in your German cheese! ;)