When do I wax??

Discussion in 'Cheese & Dairy' started by Janelle, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Janelle

    Janelle New Member

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    So I made my first hard cheese (colby) on Friday. I have been letting it air dry, how do I know when to wax it?
    It has a more hard/dry coating on it since it has been drying, but there are a couple spots that are still soft & lighter in color (not sure if I am explaining this right! :crazy)
    Should I wax it now, or let the smaller spots dry?
     
  2. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Hi Janelle,

    Welcome to the board! I think your avatar is adorable :D

    You should let your cheese dry thoroughly before you wax it. In the process of drying it is developing a rind. You want a nice rind on your cheese, hard, dry and uniform in color.

    Christy
     

  3. Janelle

    Janelle New Member

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    Thanks :) That is my baby boy, my first after 2 girls, and he is a sweetie :blush2

    Ok, it is getting a rind, I will wait until it is more uniform. Do I need to worry about mold while it is air drying??
     
  4. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Typical drying time is 5-10 days. Remember to turn your cheese often to encourage an even rind. If mold develops, don't worry about it, just remove it by cleaning the area with salt water on a brush or sterile piece of cheese cloth.

    Christy