Tonight my husband bought me home his dessert from work - a cheese platter. It reminded me that I had a cheese to check - my first hard cheese. My red-waxed beauty has finished aging in the refrigerator. I've been a bit scared to check it actually; a heat wave in my storage cellar (garage cut into bank) killed off my blue cheese and I was concerned as to the impact on my cheddar.
While making generally unhelpful comments my husband caught the cutting of the cheese on video. I was so pleased to cut through and see a beautiful cheese! I cut a slice and checked: smell - like cheddar; texture - like cheddar; colour - white. I'm pleased to confirm online that cheddar is supposed to be white! The taste - quite sharp. Time passed quite quickly and the cheese aged for nearly three months.
There were a couple of drops of moisture that came out of the centre - too much moisture can apparently ruin the cheese and I will remember to dry the cheese for a bit longer next time. I did dry it a little longer than the recommended time - but perhaps the temperature played a part in this?
I had the best time making this cheese. It has been my most satisfying cheese to make to date.