If you have ever purchased a wedge of Gouda, then you may have noticed that the cheese tends to have a smooth, round curve on one end.
Standard cheese molds make flat, pill-tablet shaped cheeses with a corner and not a round edge. I’ve heard there are tricks you can use to simulate a bowl-shaped mold, but they never really worked for me. So I set out to learn how the Dutch cheesemakers shape their cheese. The answer? A special cheese mold. So I bought one.
The first thing I noticed during unpacking is that this mold included a mesh netting, meaning curds don’t need to be wrapped in cheesecloth while pressing. This netting can be removed for cleaning, and I actually found it easier to work with.
The downside? This mold is 2 – 3 times more expensive than other cheese molds I’ve purchased. I like to think that part of this cost was importing from Holland, but I justified it by reminding myself that this is a one-time purchase. And it really does make beautifully shaped cheeses.