The aging times also killed any harmful bacteria that may have been present in the milk since pasteurization had not been discovered. However, anyone who has left an open block of cheese in the refrigerator knows that air will dry out your beautiful cheese into an ugly yellow rock.
The process of covering the cheese in a protective coating of wax was created to seal in moisture and protect the cheese during aging.
While my waxed cheese may not be the prettiest, It does it’s job at protecting my farmhouse cheddar until I can eat it…
One pound of Red wax, very pliable and may be reused over and over again.