Camembert Ripening Process

By on 05/05/2011

CamembertAs I’ve mentioned before, in this post, I love making Camembert and so far I have been lucky enough to end up with great looking and tasting cheese each time I make it so it’s been a cheese that just works for me.

I had someone ask me what I was doing differently that meant I always turned out a good Camembert so I decided to elaborate further in this post on my usual recipe with extra details of what I do to successfully age my Camembert.

So I start with my usual Camembert recipe.

I leave my Cams to drain over night, before flipping them in the mold in the morning then leaving them for the rest of the day to keep draining.

That night, I remove the cheese from the mold and I put them in containers like this –

Camembert Ripening– which are microwave fish poaching containers I found at a local store for $7.00 NZD each.

I salt the cheese on one side, then let it sit for 10 minutes to soak in. Then I turn the cheese over, salt it on the other side and around the edges and close the lid.

The containers are left out on the bench overnight (or 8 hours) again.

After this time there is usually quite a bit of whey under the cheese, and in the bottom of the tray.

Using a clean fresh cloth or paper towels I mop it all up and turn the cheese over.

At this point they go into the cheese fridge in the zone set at 12c.

Nurturing

Every morning and night I take the containers out, mop up any whey and condensation, turn the cheeses over and put them back in the fridge.

There shouldn’t actually be too much whey coming out by this stage, in fact your cheese should be looking pretty nicely dry.

I take them out, wipe them up and flip them for approximately 10 days to 2 weeks until I have a good mold growth.

Once the mold has started to coat the cheese nicely I take the cheese out of the containers, wrap them in Camembert papers or wax paper and move them to the top zone of the fridge which is set at 5c.

They are still turned over every other day, but this is where they ripen up until we eat them at about 5-6 weeks.

Patting Down The Fuzz

When your camembert begins growing its lovely white soft coat start patting it down, with clean hands, so it doesn’t create a big thick skin.

This can also promote mold growth so you get a good coverage.

I don’t know that my process is too different to what others are doing but it has worked consistently for me so if you are having troubles with your Camemberts, perhaps give it a try and let me know.

 

5 Comments

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  2. Sharon Wright

    03/07/2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Rachael
    I love your web site!
    I stumbled across it this morning when I was looking for an answer as to why I have no white mould developing on my brie. I’ve read how you handle the camembert and will try your method next time.
    I have a very similar story to yours about becoming addicted to cheesemaking although I don’t get to make it as often as I’d like.
    This is the first time I’ve had no mould growth on a brie,(it’s been 3 weeks so far) but it won’t put me off making it again.
    Good luck with your website. I will look in often.
    How do I read your posts from my Kindle?
    Cheers
    Sharon

    • curdnerd

      03/07/2011 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Sharon! I really appreciate it and am glad you are enjoying Curd-Nerd.

      I would say that after 3 weeks and no mould growth it’s not likely happen. Do you have any kind of rind as yet?

      I’m not sure if the Kindle works in NZ for picking up internet content. You probably know more about that side than me but if it does, it should just be via an RSS feed.

      Drop back in and let me know how you go with your mould! I’m interested in hearing if it comes through.

      Rachael

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  4. wendy

    08/12/2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you so much Sharon: you explain so clearly, just what I was looking for about storage.

    my cams are looking great:)
    W

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