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Aug 18, 2006 01:43 PM

Home Cheese Cave????

Since most cheese is stored at 55 degrees, does anyone have any suggestions as to what they use for home cheese storage as it is ripening? I also say this as I live in the City and don't have storage shed (or a yard or basement for that matter)

I am going to be making my first attempt at a homemade cheddar this weekend and once it dries how/where will I store it.

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  1. Yes, this is the dilemma that is keeping me from making more cheese! But I recently met a home cheesemaker who has a small dedicated dorm-size fridge which she keeps at 55. She makes brie, cheddar, and so on. Apparently, to override its desire to be colder you have to equip the fridge with some kind of device to regulate it at 55. Don't really know what that is, but I know she got it at Beverage People in Santa Rosa - though I don't see much on their website I know they do sell a lot of cheesemaking supplies. I'd give them a call. Please let us know what you figure out.

    1. I did the same thing with a small frig. Here's the device you need to regulate the temp:

        1. Wouldn't a wine refrigerator work? My understanding is that they are calibrated to run at the optimal temperature for wine, which I think is about what it is for cheese. Correct me if I'm wrong!

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          1. re: La Dolce Vita

            Wine is generally stored about 5-10 degrees cooler than how cheese is. The exception is Reds, which are stored at a slightly higher temp than cheese. That said, a good wine frig can certainly be regulated to store cheese. The difference is, they go for $200 and up, while a dorm frig is about $75.

            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Magic Chef makes a small 16 bottle fridge, the size of a dorm fridge, that can maintain the temp between 40-60 degrees. I purchased it for $99.00 and currently use it as my cheese cave. Works great, has a glass door to watch the cheese grow.........