First step, unmolding:
You can see how much whey was forced out. When I put the curds in, they were slightly overflowing.
Ooooh! Look how sweet and round he is! Smells not like cheese at all; a bit like the ocean or salt marsh.
Dipping the muslin in the lard. (Note, by this point I burned my fingers twice.)
Ok, here is where things got tricky…
Someone decided to be difficult. I could not get the cloth to lie flat, no matter how much lard I rubbed on. Drastic times call for drastic measures and there was only one answer… duct tape.
Now that would be complete nonsense, but tape was sort of the answer. We made a series of “belts” of fabric to wrap around the body to secure each piece. And it worked!
To mimic a cheeseroom or natural cheese-aging cave, I'm using a refrigerator, set to its warmest setting. (I borrowed it from a fellow who also is fond of cheese, as you can see by all of the fun stickers.)
Here he is, snuggled into his new bed to rest for 6 months.