Finally getting a few backlog jobs out of the way. The wine press last used three months ago got its annual coat of paint. Just the base which is in contact with the acidic fruit juices needs to have a coat or two of non toxic paint otherwise the metal rusts and taints the juice (wine, Cider, Perry). It really doesn't take long just a quick rub with sandpaper to dislodge any loose old paint and a few brush strokes. But you know how it is, need to find a few spare minutes.
|Basket Press Base|
|The assembled Twin Bins|
|In the background the back panel has the middle section missing to reduce weight for transporting|
And finally, made two more Parmesans using a slightly different recipe. Rather than make one large 3-4 kilogram cheese a smaller or in this case two smaller cheeses are moulded. The change in the recipe is quite minor. After cutting the curds there is 15 minutes of stirring, then stir for another 15 minutes while the temperature is raised to 42 C and finally another 15 minutes of stirring while the temperature goes to 51 C.
Because there were no small inserts for these moulds, two glass containers were used, Need to be gentle with the pressure though. The weight up top is to carry on with some pressure if the cheese compacts and the screw threads cease to apply pressure.