That is until now! After a fair bit of discussion on my part, and much research on Kim’s part, we are now the proud owners of a Cheese Fridge. OK, I confess. It is really a wine fridge with the racks replaced so that cheese will sit on it flat! I believe that we paid $295, and unfortunately had to buy it new because we couldn’t find a cheap, economical one on ebay or in the trading post. Freecycle did have a normal fridge but it would have been too hard to change the thermostat to get it up to the temperatures required to ripen cheese.
That aside, it has the right temperature range, it is very economical using about 0.4 kWh per day (yet to measure a full day so this may be lower), and it has a nice light. I have set it to 12C (nice cheese weather), and will check the energy statistics tomorrow night. Being on Solar PV, I don’t expect it to be much of a strain on our resources. Kim found some powder coated racks that were laying in the cupboard which fit very well. I had to bend the ends so that they fit, but at least I can lay sushi mats down for the rind ripened cheeses and plastic mats for mould-ripened cheese to rest on.
Who knows where this may lead? Wallace and Gromit might come over for a visit and a nice piece of Wensleydale!