Leaking Cheese While Aging

Bloated and Leaking

Q. I made Danbo cheese and everything was going very well. My cheese is now 8 weeks old. I just came back from a short vacation and did not turn the cheese for 5 days. When I came back, the cheese had bloated and cracked with soft cheese flowing out. I turned it over and it had sunk on the other side.

A. It sounds like you're seeing some late gas production. This could be caused by some warming in the aging space or even just a cheese that was too moist going into the molds. The runny cheese near the surface is due to an accelerated protein breakdown after the 8 weeks.

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