Low Heat Waxing Instructions
Waxing Your Cheese with Low Heat
This is the safest method for waxing cheese. When using this method you need to work quickly and have a very clean cheese surface. With this low heat method, mold spores are not killed, so mold may still develop under the wax.
- Heat cheese wax in pot or bowl, placed inside a pot filled with water, on the stove.
- Once melted, place a piece of aluminum foil down to catch any drips between the waxing pot and the cheese.
- Begin applying wax to the surface of the cheese with a natural bristled brush. Work quickly and use plenty of wax to get a good cover coat but try not to over brush.
- Wax the top surface and as much of one side as you can, then let the wax harden, before doing the remaining surface of the cheese.
- Once coated, repeat the process, so a good protective layer is created. If needed apply a third coat.
- When done waxing let the wax harden. Store both the wax and the brush in the same container used for melting, with a lid on top.
Pros and Cons for Low Heat Waxing
Pros: This method usually requires less wax to be heated (just enough to dip the brush and coat the cheese) and it is safer since the wax is never heated to a dangerous temperature.
Cons: The temperature is not hot enough to kill the mold spores and mold may develop under the wax. If the cheese is dried in a clean environment covered with a sanitized dry cloth this may not be a problem.