A cycle of six weeks in the warming chamber follows during which the cheeses take on a bloom or fine coat of mould on which cheese mites
Parmesan matures over four years and during the early months the cheeses are soft and have to be turned every few days to allow them to harden correctly, as well as having the rind scraped to rid it of cheese mites
and exuding dairy fats.
Silverfish beetles, cheese mites
, bats in the attic, centipedes; the list goes on.
The cheese makers have been hit by an EU ban on using the gas methyl bromide to control cheese mites
, which would otherwise bore through the cloth and expose the ripening cheese to air and mould.
I WAS shocked to read that cheese mites
are put on some French cheeses to add flavour.