Monday 2 /3/13
I have just finished making 2 wheels of cheese. A couple of years ago I missed eating a Welsh cheese called Caerphilly so much that I decided to have a bash at making it myself. It’s a bit crumbly and tangy. Great with crackers and pickled onions.
It’s one of the few cheeses that is easy to make in a camper. It’s ready to eat in about a month and can mature in the regular fridge rather than a temperature controlled environment which most other kinds need.
First I warm 2 gallons of milk in my cheese pan/canner. I just put it in the sink with warm water.
After adding an enzyme and rennet the milk sits for a bit then it firms up. I slice and dice it in the pan and then stir for a while and the curds separate from the whey.
Next I drain the curds into my colander/fruit bowl and slice it into slabs to let more whey drain off.
Now it’s time to crumble the curds and add some salt.
After packing the curds into a mold I add some weight. Those foil covered slabs are rocks we found. Since space is a premium in the camper we try to multi task as much as we can. Dean drilled holes in my cutting boards to make the cheese press.
The next day I have my 2lb wheel of cheese. It has to sit on a rack for a couple of days to dry out a bit.
Now it’s waxing time. The wax help protect the cheese from going moldy as it matures. I heat the food grade wax and dip the wheel in several times.
After the wheel is completely encased I label it and then it’s into the fridge to mature. I will take a picture when I open it in a month or so. I am keeping my fingers crossed for some decent flavor and texture. As with most stuff I make I have successes and failures. Thank goodness Dean is a willing taster.
I barely take the time to make real oatmeal – you’re such an inspiration!
(that’s it, I’m definitely cooking… something tomorrow!)
Rose I look forward to your posts so much! You are always making something amazing. I have made your vegetable broth (two thumbs up), but don’t know that I’m adventurous enough for the cheese. I can’t imagine how you found the recipe or the ingredients for this. Hope it is wonderful!!
Well you go girl, pizza, bread, cheese…….you are amazing. I do make the vegetable broth often, very good to drink when a hunger pang hits me & a cup of tea isn’t working to fill me. A warm cup of broth is wonderful. Hope there is some cheese left when we see you in March.
You are ‘your Mother’s daughter ‘, she would have loved all that!!! xxxGina
finally got to try some of the cheese, delicious. so glad you shared it with us.