So, I knew I could sample the Farmhouse Cheddar as early as a month after waxing.
Originally I was going to try to hold off for two months, but...I was just so curious. A mix of curious and worried that maybe I'd somehow messed something up and it would be spoiled.
I just had to know.
So earlier in the week I decided that we'd sample the Farmhouse on Friday.
Then I sort of forgot about it because I got 2 gallons of goat milk at the Farmers' Market yesterday and got distracted by thoughts of chevre. Mmmmmmmm...chevre....
So when Bill said something like "Are you still doing the cheese tonight?" I thought he meant was I going to make the chevre...and then I remembered.
So I got it out of my temperature-regulated chest freezer "cave" and brought it out to the deck on a plate with a knife and some crackers.
And with little fanfare (just some pictures), I picked off the label and cut the wheel in half.
And pulled the halves apart.
I cut one half in two and peeled the wax off, and took pictures (while Bill fidgeted impatiently nearby) and finally, finally, we sampled a slice.
...mild cheddar cheese.
Holy dairy cow, Batman!
I did it!!!!!!
But actually, the REAL test was still to come. I've said, more than once, that Alex doesn't like soft cheeses, so he hasn't liked any of the ricotta, mozzarella, chevre, or cream cheese I've made in the past. So in addition to just the natural progression of things, part of the reason I've wanted to make hard cheeses was so I could make something Alex could enjoy.
So I hollered into the house and summoned the kids.
And we gave Alex a slice of cheddar on a cracker...
And I breathed a sigh of relief.