Queso Fresco 02

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Make Date: 8/13/2016

Eat Date: 8/14/2016

Milk: KNB Jersey Farm

Volume: 2 gallons

Recipe: Queso Fresco

Notes:  The recipe says to use a flavor addition such as dried chipotle pepper.  This time I used crushed chipotle peppers.  I also noticed a discrepancy

Result:  This tasted very good.  The flavoring is subtle, but noticeable.  Before placing in the cheese cave for one day the cheese tasted pretty bland, but after setting in the cave the flavor really popped.  The texture is good.  I am putting this in the queue to make more often.

Brie 01, Camembert 01

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Camembert

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Make Date: 03/26/2016

Eat Date: 6/5/2016

Milk: KNB Jersey Farm

Volume: 2 gallons

Recipe: I followed a collaboration of multiple recipes.

Notes: I used 1/16th tsp  Geotrichum Candidum and 1/8th tsp Penicillum Candidum.  I put them in the cave on March 26th.  I used a new wine cooler and had a lot of trouble getting my humidity high which is a major problem with Brie – which is supposed to be 90-95% humidity.  The bloom on the rind was nice, white, and soft to the touch.  I put it in plastic baggies in the wine cooler on April 16th.  I tried multiple things to raise humidity: water in bowls, saltwater slurries, wet paper towels.  I think the saltwater slurry broke my wine cooler as it introduced a lot of salt to the air.  I also used two gallons and the recipe needed only one thus I made a 1lb Brie and 4 1/4lb Camemberts.

Result:  I ate a Camembert every 3 weeks.  They all tastes fine, but seemed a bit, uhm, stiff? maybe?  I was expecting more gooeyness like Bries I buy at the store.  When I pulled out the Brie for the final cut, it could tell some areas on the outside had been digested by the bacteria and were mushy.  I was cautiously optimistic.  When I cut it, the texture was great except for the gooey outsides.  My wife said the flavor was like a very strong Brie flavor and I agreed for the most part, but we both thought It tasted slightly ‘off’.  When I took a few more substantial bites, I realized it was bad.  I chucked the whole thing.  I think this was because I let it age too long and had trouble with the humidity.  I’ll try this again as I think during some point of the aging process, this was a good Brie.

Gillingham Bench Program – Workout – 7/31-8/4

Date: 07/31/2016 6:30pm

  1. Warm up
  2. Bench Press: 8×3-125
  3. Leave Gym

Date: 08/04/2016 7:00am

  1. Warm up
  2. Bench Press: 1×1-200, 5×3-180
  3. Leave Gym

I went on a backpacking trip for the previous week so wasn’t sure what to expect these workout.  The 200 hit a sticking point and I thought I was going to fail it.  I did not, and the 180 sets progressively seemed to get easier.  Aug 4th was also my first morning workout in a long time.

Gillingham Bench Program – Workout – 7/10-7/19

Not much to post here other than my workouts were all able to be completed.

Date: 07/10/2016 1:00pm

  1. Bench Press: 8×3-125

 

Date: 07/12/2016 6:00pm

  1. Bench Press: 1×1-190, 3×5-170

 

Date: 07/16/2016 10:00am

  1. Bench Press: 2×8-145

 

Date: 07/19/2016 6:00pm

  1. Bench Press: 1×1-195, 5×3-175

 

We will see if progress continues as I took more than a week off from the program to go backpacking in Idaho.  I said I would do some pushups during the vacation, but alas, I did not.  The lifts have all been going well.  I’ve been incorporating some shoulder workouts after I have completed the bench press.

Gillingham Bench Program – Workout – 7/7

Date: 07/07/2016 6:30pm

  1. Warm up
  2. Bench Press: 1×1-200, 5×3-180
  3. Leave Gym

Lifts all went well.  The 200 was heavy, obviously, but there wasn’t too much trouble.  I thought the 180 would be trouble but wasn’t.  I lost count on the 3rd or 4th set so I possible did 6×3 of 180.  When I did my 5th, I thought back and couldn’t remember them all.  I was about to leave, but didn’t want to sell myself short so I did another set to confirm I did five.

I really need to get in the groove of going to the gym 2x per week to give this routine a fair shot.

Queso Fresco 01

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Make Date: 7/2/2016

Eat Date: 7/4/2016

Milk: KNB Jersey Farm

Volume: 2 gallons

Recipe: Queso Fresco

Notes:  The recipe says to use a flavor addition such as dried chipotle pepper.  I used sun dried tomatoes, dried rosemary, and dried thyme.

Result:  This tasted very good.  The flavoring is subtle, but noticeable.  Before placing in the cheese cave for one day the cheese tasted pretty bland, but after setting in the cave the flavor really popped.  The texture is good.  I am putting this in the queue to make more often.

Gillingham Bench Program – Workout – 6/30

Date: 06/30/2016 6:30pm

  1. Warm up
  2. Bench Press: 2×8-145
  3. One Arm Dumbell Overhead Press 3×5 – 35lbs
  4. Leave Gym

Pretty easy workout again.

I recently returned from vacation and had promised myself I would do two days of pushup workouts.  I got in one night in my hotel where I did around 65 pushups.