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    Penicillium Candidum (white mold) is used to ripen and flavor Brie, Camembert, Coulommiers, and a variety of French Goat Cheeses. It produces a nice, white bloom on the surface of your cheeses. It is highly recommended to use this in combination with Geotrichum Candidum, which helps prevent the skin from slipping off your finished cheese.

    CONTAINS: Penicillium Candidum (SAM3)

    SIZE: 2D or 10D

    BRAND: Danisco Choozit

    YIELD: When adding directly to the milk, using 1/8tsp for 4-8 gallons.

    2 Dose packet contains enough powder for 8-16 gallons of milk.

    10 Dose packet contains enough powder for 40-80 gallons of milk.

    DIRECTIONS: For the home cheesemaker using 2-4 gallons of milk, simply add 1/16 teaspoon of this to the milk at the same time you add culture. Also, just a pinch of Geotricum will help to develop a great rind.
    When making larger batches of 50 gallons or more it is more economical to add the mold powder to 1qt of water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an atomizer, rehydrate for 16 hours and then spray the new cheese surface. Store the atomizer in the refrigerator and it will keep for 60 days.

    STORAGE: Store in the freezer.

    NOTE: This product is Certified Kosher OU. Kosher cerificate available upon request.

    We recommend using our Mini Measuring Spoon Set to help in adding the correct amount of starter culture.




    Description of Components

    X Wheat
    X Other Cereals containing gluten
    X Crustaceans
    X Eggs
    X Fish
    X Peanuts


    X Milk (including lactose)
    X Nuts
    X Celery
    X Mustard
    X Sesame Seeds
    X Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphits (> 10 mg/kg)
    X Lupin
    X Molluscs

    Q: I have been experimenting with St Maure Goat Cheese and the likes using P. Candidum and Geotrichum Candidum. The white mold starts fine but then seems to form a skin and separates from the cheese. How would I get the skin to stick better to form a better rind? I keep the cheese in their own plastic boxes. I have refrigeration at 55F, 40 and below, and room temp around 72F.

    A: The problem is not the skin, it is from too much residual moisture in the early curd, caused by one or all of the following:

    • In the early part of the process you are not setting your milk firm enough and so it becomes difficult to drain.
    • You are not draining them well enough before drying off (this can be a problem with late lactation milk). Remember that the curd will lose 10-20% moisture in the drain/dry phase.
    • You are not drying enough or fast enough before the mold starts to form. Using a fan and keeping the relative humidity below 75-80% may help with this.

    What is happening is that your mold begins to form before the cheese has dried down to it's desired size. Once the mold forms its jacket and the curd continues to shrink due to moisture loss, the cheese becomes a size too small for it's coat. Another problem here is that this is where protein breakdown happens the fastest with too much moisture and can result in a runny paste, which is why the skin will fall away. These cheeses generally ripen very early near the surface while the inside will be chalky and firm.

    In a nutshell, get the moisture drained and the surface dried as quickly as possible!

    Brie - a traditional French style
    the goal of making this cheese is to develop the proper curd to prepare the cheese surface for the beautiful white coat that makes this cheese so unique.

    The following recipe will produce very nice brie from 2 gallons of milk for the home cheese maker.
    If using the smaller molds listed below, the following can be cut in half for 2 small cheeses.

    What you will need :


    - 1 Pack of Rick's Mesophilic C101 culture OR 1/4 teaspoon of MM100
    The next 2 cultures are surface ripening molds and should be added to the milk when culture is added.
    - Geotrichum C7 - just a pinch (about 1/32 tsp.)
    - P.candidum C8 - 1/16 tsp.
    - Calcium Chloride 1/4 tsp- If having problems with forming a good curd using cold stored milk then this can help. We do not use this with fresh milk.


    1ml or slightly less than 1/4 tsp single strength rennet.

    Molds for draining the curd:
    You have 2 options here

    (1) 4 Smaller 4" Bries
    using 4 of our M7 Molds.
    A large single Brie
    1- 7inch brie using the plastic strip molds shown in the photographs.
    these were simply made from food grade plastic strips. The larger one is 1/4" stock cut to 6inch width and the smaller is 1/8" cut to 1.5" width. The strips are formed into a circle by placing in very hot water and formed into the loop before plunging into very cold water. The loop is tightened and held with a chord and slip knot.

    Salt: 4 tsp. of a coarse cheese salt

    Draining Mats: 2 for each mold

    A Solid board for under each draining mat. They go under the mats above (this will make your turning so much easier).

    A knife and ladle or spoon to transfer curds


    Heat the milk to 90F and add all cultures above to the milk
    Stir the cultures into the milk well and rest at 90F for 30 min.

    Add the rennet and stir into milk for 1 minute then allow the milk to sit quiet for 90 minutes. The milk will begin to thicken at 15-20 minutes but we leave the milk much longer then other cheeses to produce a higher moisture cheese for ripening.

    During the wait, Sanitize all molds, draining mats, and turning boards. I do this here in water simmering at about 145-160.
    Prepare the molds by laying down a turning board, then the draining mat, and finally the mold on top.

    At 90 minutes your curd should be very firm and ready to transfer to molds.
    little to no curd cutting is involved.

    Traditionally this was done without cutting the curd mass. If using a larger mold as shown in photos no cutting of the curd is need. Transfer the curds with a large slotted spoon by taking thin layers (1/2") from the curd mass.

    If using the smaller molds, the curd mass should be cut into 1" cubes and stirred briefly to allow the full curd to fit into the 4 molds. The reason for this is that these molds are produced for the industry which cuts larger curd masses to facilitate a quicker production. These molds should be filed in a "round robin" manner to allow the curds to settle briefly and whey to drain before the next addition. If all of the curd does not fit when the molds are full simply wait a few minutes and the curd will settle, then add the rest.

    Allow the curds to settle and drain keeping the draining space at 68-74F (warmer or cooler will cause problems with the resulting cheese).
    To assure complete draining the cheese will need to be turned in the molds. this is done by placing a second draining mat on top followed by another turning board. Then carefully lift the entire assembly carefully and with one hand on top and the other on the bottom flip the cheese over quickly.
    For the smaller cheese it is best to make the first turn shortly after the curd is ladled (10-20 min). This will keep it from falling too far in the mold and breaking.
    For the larger cheese using the second plastic strip mold (1.5"), allow the entire cheese to drain down to about 1.5" then loosely place the short hoop around the larger form and remove the 6"form. Then tighten the shorter form, place the second draining mat and board on top, and turn this cheese over.

    The cheese will drain down to about 1/3 the original curd height and this may take 18-24 hours (or longer) for completion. During this time flip the cheese in their forms several times to make sure the draining is even. The cheese will become firmer and the turning easier as it drains. The taste of the whey at this point should have a very noticeable acidity to it compared to that first running out during draining. It is a good practice to taste the whey and curds throughout the process for future reference.

    At this point you will be into the second day and as the whey drainage slows it is time to add salt. Leave the cheese in the molds for this.
    For the smaller cheeses 1/2 tsp. per cheese spread evenly over each surface and for the larger cheese 2 tsp. Allow the salt to dissolve and be absorbed by the cheese. Wait 8-12 hours then flip the cheese and apply the second dose of salt in the same manner. The salt will cause more whey to run off and this will also taste very salty.

    Allow the cheese to dry off for another day until you see no free moisture on the surface.

    If proper draining and drying is not done before the molds begin to grow, problems with rapid protein breakdown and other undesirable molds may become a problem.

    It is now time to allow the cheese to develop the white coat. The proper storage condition for this will be 52-56F and 90-95% moisture. They should also be placed on draining mats to allow air to reach the underside. The cheese also needs to be turned 1-2 times per day to keep the molds from growing into the mats and tearing away the surface when moving.
    If aging in plastic boxes with covers make sure the moisture does not drip onto the cheese and be sure to wipe any free moisture from the lid and box when turning.

    At about 10-15 days after making this cheese, you should notice a good white coat developing. It is OK to pat this down when turning. If the coat has formed well it is time to slow down the process. Move the cheese to a cooler area of about 40-44F to allow the softening of the cheese in an even manner. The cheese is ripe when it feels soft on pressing. This should take 30-45 days and the final ripeness depends largely on personal taste. When the cheese is cut through you will notice a creamy layer near the outside and a white center. This ratio can be controlled by aging time and temperature.

    Trouble Shooting:
    blue mold = too moist (insufficient draining and/or drying)
    black mold (Mucor) = insufficient salt or too high moisture
    red/pink mold = insufficient drying or too high moisture in aging area
    runny liquid under surface = insufficient draining
    dark dry areas = excessive drying
    no white mold = excessive drying or too cold

    The curd will have a thin layer of whey covering it and separate from the vat when ready to cut.The molds are shown with
    short strips in place
    to be tightened after draining.
    The curd is not cut but carefully ladled in thin layers into the sanitized and preheated molds...
    ...that have been prepared and
    placed on bamboo mat. At this point the curd is still quite sweet.
    The molds are filled in succession slowly, a few ladlefuls at a time.They now need to set quietly
    and drain in a draft free area...
    ...with a steady temp overnight.
    During this time our
    final acidity develops
    By the next morning they will have drained down to 1/3 original height.
    The tall inner hoop may now be loosened and removed......and the shorter hoop is now tightened......so that it can be flipped over without breaking.
    The original mat can now be gently removed leaving it's imprint.
    The flipping continues for the next several hours and dry salting the surfaces can be started......as soon as the curd
    dries down and free whey
    is no longer an issue.
    The drained and salted cheese is now ready to be moved to a space with moderate air flow...
    ...and the drying off continues
    for the next day or so,
    keeping the temp at 65F.
    Following the drying off
    move to 54F-90% ,
    where the white surface will
    begin to develop at day 5...
    ...and continue through
    about day 10-12 when
    they can be wrapped...
    ...and moved to a
    moister and cooler space
    (38-42F.. 95-97% humidity)...
    ...where the white surface begins to die back and the red/yellow streaks begin to show.

    At about 4-6 weeks the curd should have ripened
    to at least the half way point
    and it is ready to eat.
    You can try it at an earlier stage when the taste is quite fresh and sharp......or wait until it really develops some character and the flavor deepens and shows the true flavors of the milk.
    Based on 15 Reviews


    Works Great!

    Always reliable for my camembert!


    From: MS - Mississippi

    Lovely finish

    Th e aged goat milk cheese I made had the finish of a white coating on the outside thanks to this product. It tasted a little like mushrooms to me. All in all the cheese was a big hit


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    From: CT

    P. candidum does honest job

    <p>I have used this mold for brie, camembert, chevre, camblu, triple cream, and it has always performed beautifully.</p>



    my first Brie

    I have just tasted my first Brie, and thanks to this ingredient and to your good tips, it was a brie-lliant succes.


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    From: California

    Remarkably easy

    Never done this before, but just putting the cheese in a big covered pot(for moisture) and setting it on the basement floor(for temperature) created the right environment to make a beautiful cheese - easy peasy!


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    Used it to make a triple cream cheese and it worked great! I had a nice white mold growing within a few days. You get a good amount for the price and it will definitely go a long way.


    From: Malaysia

    Important ingredient for bloomy rind cheeses

    Create white fuzzy velvety mold on your bloomy rind cheeses. It is better to use this together with geotrichum. I use 1/32 tsp for 2 galon batch of my camembert and it came out great!


    From: Littleton, Colorado

    Great Product

    Received as ordered, very timely, I can't wait to use it.


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    From: Seattle, WA

    Worked wonderfully!

    My first experience making brie and I was so excited when I saw the white mold form! This product worked wonderfully! And the price is reasonable for how much you receive.


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    From: Fayetteville, AR

    Essential for Bloomy Mold-Ripened Cheeses

    Effective - little bit goes a long way. Good shelf-life. Use in conjunction with Geotrichum candidum.


    From: Round Rock


    I can't believe I didn't start making this a tipple cream cheese with this culture earlier in my life! It easy and almost fool proof. This is one tasty cheese!


    From: Berkeley, ca

    Taking my cheesemaking to the next level

    I've been making fresh cheeses for a while now. It's so easy to add this mold to my chèvre and put it asside to mature. Lovely soft white coating arrives in a short time. I have a chilly closet where the cheese can mature. I put a fan blowing away from the cheese and over a bowl of water to increase the humidity. Amazing taste that's a notch above anything I've made so far. Thanks for a product I can trust.


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    From: New York

    cheese like the pros

    I love this mold I use it to make fries and French style goat cheese. Within days of aging the cheese is covered with a white tuft with a slight mushroom aroma. I love it


    From: albuquerque NM

    good mold

    I have purchased this several times and used it repeatedly; delivery is swift and the product has been excellent


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    From: CHINA

    This PC is very easy to make cheese with ash at home.

    Just add a pinch of this guy will make my ash cheese getting perfect! I from China and this is my first time to make cheese at home, since I found this website, I am totally into it and I found make ash cheese with this PC will make cheese looks so cool and increase the cheese's flavor,people can't help want to try taste. I guess I will make more cheese for my family and friends. Thanks.