Air Drying Cheese Before Aging

Greasy Rind

Q. I made an Edam, and after brining it, I was letting it air dry as I usually do. This time, however, as it was drying, the rind got a little greasy which hasn't happened before. I was wondering what might be the problem and if I need to do anything to take care of that before waxing? It is a 3.5 lb wheel made with raw whole cow's milk.

A. This is likely due to the changes in raw milk with the seasons. It could also be that you are drying it at a slightly too high temperature. Try lowering it a bit.

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