Monday, January 2, 2012
The Valencay I made with goat's milk was/is interesting. The curd is quite soft, and you don't cut it into smaller curds. Instead, after 18 hours setting up in the pot, I took thin slices out of the bulk of the curd mass and placed it in the pyramid molds. It took 2 hours to do because I has to wait for the curd to drain a bit to fit all of it into the 8 molds.
After sitting in the molds at room temperature for 2 days, they shrunk down to occupy about 2/3rds of the mold. With some coaxing, they came out. They are soft, somewhere between gelatin and pudding in consistency, kind of like softened cream cheese. It was a trick getting them out while keeping the pyramidal shape. The worst part is dusting them with vegetable ash. That stuff is so fine, it gets everywhere. I put newspapers down all over and still, it got on the floor, under the newspapers and onto the table, all over my hands. I may not do another vegetable ash ripened cheese for quite some time. And, I'm not thru handling these messy mounds. I will have to remove them from the container, put them on ageing racks, put them back into the container, and into the wine refrigerator. But I don't have to worry about that until tomorrow. For now, they stay at room temperature on the paper towel for a day. It'll give me time to wipe down the area again for the fourth time to make sure I cleaned up all the ash dust in the kitchen.