Thursday, February 08, 2007

Watching Cheese Age

A friend sent me a link to As far as I can tell, it's a webcam focused on a wheel of cheese aging somewhere in England. My first thought was "Wow - watching cheese getting older must be about as exciting as watching paint dry."

But now I'm thinking: "Why didn't I think of that?"

So I keep going to the site and checking out the cheese. I'm not sure what type it is, but as I write this, it's been aging for 48 days, 16 hours, 18 minutes, 27 seconds and 442 milliseconds. There's something mesmorizing about watching the little numbers flip.

If you're looking for good cave-aged cheese from Wisconsin, you're in luck. Cheesemaker Willi Lehner of Bleu Mont Dairy is putting the final touches on his underground cave. The above photo was taken in September 2006 by Sasha Davies of Cheese by Hand, and Willi tells me he's about ready to start moving cheese in to the finished cave. Will keep you posted when I know more.

Happy cheese aging watching!

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