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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:25 pm
by bakey
Hi Jen, how much calcium chloride do you use per liter - I got a litre from Ascotts which I'm sure will last me forever.

Also on the mould front, I too bought some from Ascott and found they were smaller than I'd expected. What I did was use a larger drain pipe (not food grade, but white plastic and sterilised!) filled that with curds and then placed the Ascott mould on top , filled that with curds and then placed the follower on top of the lot - it worked a treat. I'll post some pics when I can of the ensemble! I got two good sized Lancashires which I've waxed and am waiting to mature.

I've now made a stilton, a pressed stilton a brie and some Lancashire and have yet to taste anyof them! :roll:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:35 pm
by Fallow Buck

I have taken som photo's and have planned to post them every night but then I forget !!

I'l try my best to stop being so lazy!!!

I'm really looking forward to seeing how the blue has developed today. It seems to come about really rapidliy.


PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:06 pm
by jenny_haddow

Sounds as though you've got a good supply of cheese to taste there. You're in for a treat I'm sure. Also you have been quite inventive with your molds, it's the only way unless you want to spend a fortune.

As to clacium chloride, I use 1 tsp for a gallon make. Rik talks about egg spoons in his recipes, which I am translating into small tsps. Seems to work well, and does make a difference to the strength of the curds, and yes, you will have enough to last a few years!


looking forward to those photos. Cheese making has that 'small miracle' factor about it don't you think, and plots are easily lost!


PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:24 am
by Fallow Buck
At 12 days Old I decided it was time to spike my stilton last night. I put the skewers in and made approximately 20 holes in and around the whole cheese, (top, bottom and sides) and it actually smelt of cheese!!!

I couldn't believe it.... In fact I tasted the small smear on the skewer and guess what????? It tasted of Stilton!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am about the whole thing. The rind is starting to form now and although it is still very blue, the orangeness is starting to come though. I've promised the father inlaw I'll produce it on Xmas eve so hopefully I can keep my hands off it till then!!


PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:42 pm
by saucisson
Sounds promising! I have one I need to keep my paws off too :D


PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:43 pm
by BlueCheese
Pictures, Pictures Pictures please ! LOL

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:25 am
by Fallow Buck
Hi BC,

The intentionis there but I just never seem to get round to it!! I checked this mng and the blue is definately reducing now and turning browny orange.

I'll do my best to remember the piccies!! I have about a dozen already.