Age Does Matter – Aging Homemade Cheese

Age Does Matter – Aging Homemade Cheese

Aging Cheese - How To Age Homemade Cheese

This post is Part 8 of the continued basic home cheese making instructions. See the Curd Nerd Beginner Page for previous parts.

It’s not always true what they say, that age doesn’t matter.

For cheese, it most certainly does.

Aging cheese (also known as ripening or maturing) is an important part of developing the signature of the particular cheese you are making. It allows time for millions of microbes and enzymes to do their thing, breaking down the proteins and fats into a complex combination of acids that influences how texture, taste and aroma are expressed in your chosen cheese.

A longer aging time causes a firmer, more intense cheese, whereas short aging times result in a more mild taste and a softer ‘paste’. Read more

Camembert Cheese Making – The Ripening Process

Camembert Cheese Making – The Ripening Process

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. Read more