This is the high-tech way to coat your semi-hard and hard cheeses. Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA) is a plastic cheese coating that doesn’t need melting. Just brush it on and let it dry.
Also included is the addition of Natamycin. This is a wonderful anti-fungal that keeps those nasty fungus away and keeps your cheese happy while it ages.
250 grams can coat 10-15 cheese wheels. Depending on the size of the cheese and the amount of PVA you apply.
Here’s some differences with Beeswax:
- Bees wax can be brittle and leads to cracking. PVA is more flexible and doesn’t tend to crack.
- Bees wax needs to be melted before applying. PVA just requires brushing on.
- Bees wax dries quickly while PVA requires a couple of hours to dry for each coat.
- PVA is breathable. Bees wax is not. PVA alone may not be a good option for cheese aging longer than 6 months.
- Bees wax doesn’t have anti-fungal additive while our PVA does.
How to apply
- Make sure the cheese is dried as per the directions to the specific cheese of choice.
- Stir up the coating mix
- Use smaller amounts of coating on the brush. Don’t glob it on.
- Lay the cheese on a flat surface.
- Apply a thin layer on the exposed part of the cheese making sure there are no streaks
- Leave the cheese in a dry and well-ventilated place to dry coatings, which can last a few hours. The cooler the better.
- When the layer is completely dry, flip it over and cover the remaining exposed cheese.
- Repeat two or three more times.
Some cheese mongers like to layer 2 coats of PVA. Then a third coat of Beeswax is layered above the PVA. But this is just an option.