Fine Mesh Cheese Mat
This fine mesh ripening mat for cheese making is used when air drying a variety of cheese, especially soft, mold ripened cheese including Chevre, Brie and Camembert. Because this mat has a fine mesh, it will leave less texture on the cheese surface, and is less likely to pull mold as cheese is flipped when aged.
Using this mat will allow whey to drain and air to circulate when cheese is draining, air drying and aging.
- Fine mesh polypropylene cheese mat | 1.4 x 1.6 mm
- Small | 8 x 8"
- Large | 8 x 39.75"
Mat should be boiled, to sterilize, before each use.
After use, rinse in cold water to remove any curd/cheese, then wash with not water and a neutral alkaline cleanser or dairy wash. Commercial detergents are not recommended.
If needed, soak mat in a wash solution before cleaning.
If mat retains any odor after cleaning, hang outdoors in the sun, this is the traditional method used in Europe.
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Best Mat for Draining and Aging
I love these fine mesh cheese mats. I have some that I keep in their block form, but I also have many that have been cut to the interior diameter of cheese molds to help flipping cheese as they are draining, especially molds like Camembert that are open. They clean easy and are simple to sanitize before batches. They hold up very well and are super easy to store.
I should have bought a bamboo mat. Would not recommend.
Ripening Mat Fine Mesh
Bought the large, to cut up to smaller pieces
These work great for drying cheese wheels fresh out of the mold prior to waxing and aging. They wash easily and I dip them in boiling water briefly to sterilize. Nice handy mats.
Nice and Easy to Clean
I really like bamboo, but it's not easy to cut it to the sizes I needed, so this mat worked much better. I got the larger size and cut it to fit my needs. Another reviewer mentioned using it to separate cheeses in a cave, so I think I'll try that next. I was hoping it would be a bit stiffer, so it could stand alone when I put it under my brie molds.