Since it was a quiet day at the shop,it was a good time to clean up the cheeses and rearrange them a bit to make them a bit more aesthetically pleasing in the case. Some cheeses needed to be desperately re-wrapped, while others needed some surface mold cleaned off. Wrapping cheese is a skill all in itself, and I’ve been trying to make the wrapping almost invisible, especially along the flat pâte surfaces. When a customer sees the cheese in the case, sometimes a view of the pâte is the main factor in that customer’s decision to buy a cheese or not. Thus, a clean wrapping job is imperative. With the time to do it, I did what I could.
Some of the cheeses needed to be really cleaned, such as the Morbier, which had some unwanted mold along the whole exposed pâte. This kind of mold is completely normal, though, since the cheese is living. Mold just happens! It doesn’t damage the rest of the cheese, though, or affect its edibility. You just need to scrape it off the surface. I felt like a surgeon cleaning it off. Another cheese, hojas santas, needed a better setting. It’s a fresh goat cheese wrapped in leaves, and it does release a lot of water. I added a ton of absorbant paper under the cheese, and re-wrapped it. I will need to keep an eye on it, since it is so fresh.
At the end of the work, I had a nice bunch of clean, neatly-wrapped cheeses. Of course, as soon as a customer comes in, the wrapping comes all off again, and the process starts all over. However, it’s so satisfying to clean up the case!
After all of that was done, we received a small cheese shipment. Imagine my surprise when I opened the Ossau-Iraty Onetik box to find a snowy wheel of cheese. Normally, the rind of this cheese is smooth! No matter, it’s still delicious.
Now I am trying to find some nice cheese-related quotations to write in random places. Any ideas, anyone, for sources? Inspiration?