storing cheese after aging?
I've been toying with cheeses for a few months-I've made a few batches of mozarella, which turn out more like string cheese, several of feta, a farmhouse cheddar and a lot of fromage blanc.
I currently have a parmesan aging in a used wine fridge. It has four more months to go. I have a cheese air drying after brining and a whey cheese (ziergerkase) soaking in a brine of water, salt and my first homemade wine, a red zinfandel.
The recipe for the whey cheese suggests wrapping it in cheese wrap.. I haven't got any... would a permeable vegetable bag work? It's a really small cheese which can be eaten fresh or aged a month. I think I'll cut it in half for the rest of the brining (3 more days) and try some right away and let the other half age for the month.
Once you cut open an aged cheese what's the best way to store it? If it's a waxed cheese I know I can rewax and put it back into the wine fridge, but what about when I start using my parmeson, which has developed a rind and is not waxed? Wrap the cut edge or let it dry and leave it at 55 or move it to a colder refrigerator?
I have culture coming this week for swiss type cheeses, so that is my project for this weekend.