Selecting Ripening Mats
Wrapping While Aging
Q. Should I wrap my Camembert in cheese paper when doing the final ripening?
A. You can, but if you have the right amount of moisture, there is no need to. If you are aging your Camembert in plastic boxes with lids, just make sure condensation doesn't drip onto your cheese.
Rate of Mold Growth
Q. My Camembert is covered in perfect white mold after 5 days of aging. The first appearance was on the second day. I have a cooler holding at 54F and 95%+ humidity. Should this all happen so fast?
A. This is a little fast and may be due to residual moisture in your cheese. Full mold coverage usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks. Rapid growth usually makes for a sharply defined area between the paste transformations. It's better to have a more gradual transition from surface to center.