Monday, December 7, 2009

Goatucation: Waxing Cheese

In the last several Goatucation posts you have seen how the publicist makes different kinds of cheese from my rich milk. When she makes a hard cheese like cheddar or parmesean the cheese has to be waxed before it is stored away to cure. This is how the publicist waxes her cheeses.

First she melts her wax in a glass baking dish in the oven. It takes a while. She is usually bored waiting for it to melt so she does something else like read blogs or feed goats. Mmmm, feeding goats - THAT'S a very good idea if you ask me.

Once the wax is melted she takes her dried cheese; well, not dried cheese but her cheese that has sat out and dried a bit. Cheddar and Colby have to sit out for a day or two, parmesean has to sit out for two weeks. Monteray Jack goes in a brine solution first, then it sits out to dry.  This is what a cheddar looks like before she waxes it.

 Then she rolls it in the hot wax to get the sides coated.

She picks it up and paints the wax on the bottom and then she turns it over and paints the other side.

(Yes, the wax is hot. Yes, the wax burns)

Many thin coats are better than one or two thick coats. She puts on about 8 coats of wax.
This is what the finished cheese looks like.

 Then she uses a toothpick to write the kind of cheese and the date on top.

And it goes into her refrigerator. Right now since she is waiting so patiently to get into her yurt she is using her house refrigerator to store her cheeses.

(That's a lot of cheese!)

When she does get in the house she won't be able to do that so she is hoping to get a wine cooler to store them. It is supposed to work very well.

I hope you all enjoyed seeing how the publicist waxes her cheese. As you can see there was no hair on any of the cheese!

Tomorrow: Brrrrr!


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