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Cheese Wax

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Cheese Wax

Yellow wax on cheese roundWax is applied to a hard cheese after pressing and drying for the aging process and is one of the most convenient ways to protect cheese during aging. Waxing cheese can help in easily maintaining the desired moisture level within your cheese. 

Wax is available in a variety of colors. We offer cheese wax in red, yellow, clear and black. Choosing a color is based on personal preference, and red is by far the most popular. If you're new to cheese making you may want to go with yellow wax since it will allow you to see what's going on under the surface without having to take the wax off. This wax is made of a combination of paraffin and microcrystalline wax, making it soft and pliable, unlike straight paraffin wax which becomes brittle, causing it to crack easily. Each block of wax on this page is one pound. To apply the wax with a brush, check out our boar bristle brush.

Beeswax

Along with traditional cheese wax, we also carry an all natural beeswax; if you use beeswax please note that it's much more brittle and can crack when aging cheese. We suggest adding vegetable shortening to beeswax to help make it more pliable.

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Reusing Wax

When your cheese is done aging, and you've removed the wax there's no need to throw the wax away. It can be reused many times. To prepare your used wax for reapplication simply melt it down and strain it through cheese cloth. This will eliminate any particles from your wax. The high temperatures it takes to melt wax will sterilize it too.

Equipment for Waxing

There's no way around it, waxing is a messy business. We suggest using older equipment for waxing and dedicating it solely to waxing thereafter. Ideally you will use the same container to heat, melt, cool, solidify, and store your wax in. This can a heat safe glass container, a coffee can, an older pot with a lid. Using the same container for all of these steps will cut down drastically on clean up, along with preparation for the next time.

If you’re applying wax with a brush, be sure it has natural bristles, otherwise they can melt. To cut down on cleaning time, keep your brush in the same container as your wax and let the wax melt off the brush when you heat things up next time.

Caution on Heating Wax

The safest method is to use indirect heat such as a double boiler or water jacket to melt your wax.

It may take awhile for the wax to go from a solid to liquid state, but once it's liquefied, the temperature will rise quickly. Make it a habit to constantly monitor the temperature of your wax. If wax reaches flash point, the vapors produced will be extremely flammable. The flash point of wax is typically above 300° F. Please don't let your wax exceed 250° F! Never leave wax unattended on the stove.

More Cheesemaking Equipment

See our cheesemaking category page with more equipment and tools for making cheese at home!

Cheesemaking Guide

Read the Cheesemaking Resource Guide for lots of helpful information from Ricki Carroll (aka "the Cheese Making Queen") about the wonderful world of cheesemaking!

Basic cheesemaking steps

 

Ingredients

paraffin and microcrystalline wax, food grade coloring

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BrandNew England Cheesemaking Supply Co.
OriginUSA

Use & Care

Waxing Homemade Cheese

It is safest to melt wax in a double boiler so that it is not subject to direct flame. Never leave melting wax unattended. Wax can explode at high temperatures. Heat wax to 210ºF. Wax can be brushed onto a dried and chilled cheese with a natural bristle brush (anything synthetic will melt), or you can very carefully dip your cheese into the wax pot one side at a time (it can get very slippery). Two thin coats are preferable to one thick coat. Be sure to fill up any air spaces as mold needs air to grow.

When you are ready to eat your cheese, the wax is simply peeled off and can be strained through Butter Muslin to be reused over and over again.

Waxing Store Bought Cheese

Usually cheese bought in the grocery store is an already aged to perfection finished product. Waxing it in small pieces may cause some problems. If a cheese is not turned on a regular basis gravity will cause all the moisture to fall to the bottom causing a mushy mess under the wax. We would suggest you buy whole wheels or make your own cheeses and after waxing them, turn over at least once a week to prevent problems. We also suggest you air dry your cheese for 2-3 days prior to waxing.

Store in cool place, away from high heat.

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