Making Rounds

Discussion in 'Cheese & Dairy' started by stacy adams, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. stacy adams

    stacy adams New Member

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    Does anyone have a way to make a nice "round" without a press? something like a Gouda? I've been straining in muslin, then twisting the top to expel more whey then setting a light weight on top, but I always get a 'knot' area in the cheese after it's formed. I'd like to get a nice wheel going.
    TIA!
     
  2. cmharris6002

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    Hi Stacy,

    I use a round bottomed soup mug to make rounds for soft/semi-soft cheeses.

    Christy
     

  3. Sondra

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    make ya a mold and then use your weights.

     
  4. stacy adams

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    So.. if you use a bowl, or some other mold type thingy (yes, that is a technical term!) how do you use a weight on it?
    I may give the stuff a shot without weights at all and see how it turns out... maybe :really
     
  5. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    When I use a bowl it is for Mozz which doesn't need to drain. If you find a plastic bowl with a good shape you can burn drain holes with a hot nail and use a small plate with a jar of water as a weight.

    Christy
     
  6. Sondra

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    I have used the icing plastic jugs , burnt holes and then put a cut out lid from a can on top and then canned goods for my weight.
     
  7. stacy adams

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    :/ Yea, I know..
    I have a few things that I've burnt holes into :rofl and some even for cheese :D but what I really wanted to do was make a wheel.. like the Gouda with the curved sides..
    I did find some Gouda molds at Leehmans and some other online store and they run about $20. :down
    I may just have to temporarily live with the knot impression in my cheese for a bit longer. :sigh
     
  8. Rose

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    If you turn it so the 'knot' is down, the weight of the cheese will smooth out the knot.

    Don't squeeze down the cheesecloth after turning.
     
  9. Sondra

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  10. stacy adams

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    Thanks Sondra! I thought I was set up to get replies sent to my email... :~/
     
  11. Sondra

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    isn't working Stacy and don't know why (notifications)
     
  12. stacy adams

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    Well, we're rapidly coming to the end of milking season, and so most of my milk is going to customers and soap with a tad going to cheeses. I'd been milking for over 2 years now and am really ready for this break!
    I'm gathering info/stuff together to be at it full swing in the spring. Thanks for the link Sondra!