Paracoat

Paracoat protective cheese coatings for cheese are cream-wax coatings based on synthetic resins and supplied as aqueous dispersions. Paracoat is used as a protective coating on cheese to prevent mold growth and excessive desiccation. After drying, Paracoat forms an elastic, transparent protective film on cheese types like Gouda, Edam, etc. Paracoat is available in two types: Natural and Yellow with Natamycin (antifungal agent).

Paracoat should be applied on the cheese surface by hand (with a soft brush or soft, lint-free cloth) as soon as the cheeses are dry after the brine bath. Cheese should be cold and, importantly, dry. Initially the top and most of the side of the cheese is coated. After complete drying of the Paracoat coating, the other side is treated the same way. Depending on cheese type and storage duration, a second and a third layer of Paracoat may be needed. Do not dilute Paracoat. Drying time depends on the temperature and relative humidity in the storage area. At 68ºF and a relative humidity of 60% it will take 1.5 hours for Paracoat to dry completely.

Please note that Paracoat is destroyed if frozen. This product can NOT be shipped during the winter months. Availability of this product is seasonal. This product is made to order, please allow additional time for fulfillment.

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  • Description

    Paracoat protective cheese coatings for cheese are cream-wax coatings based on synthetic resins and supplied as aqueous dispersions. Paracoat is used as a protective coating on cheese to prevent mold growth and excessive desiccation. After drying, Paracoat forms an elastic, transparent protective film on cheese types like Gouda, Edam, etc. Paracoat is available in two types: Natural and Yellow with Natamycin (antifungal agent).

    Paracoat should be applied on the cheese surface by hand (with a soft brush or soft, lint-free cloth) as soon as the cheeses are dry after the brine bath. Cheese should be cold and, importantly, dry. Initially the top and most of the side of the cheese is coated. After complete drying of the Paracoat coating, the other side is treated the same way. Depending on cheese type and storage duration, a second and a third layer of Paracoat may be needed. Do not dilute Paracoat. Drying time depends on the temperature and relative humidity in the storage area. At 68ºF and a relative humidity of 60% it will take 1.5 hours for Paracoat to dry completely.

    Please note that Paracoat is destroyed if frozen. This product can NOT be shipped during the winter months. Availability of this product is seasonal. This product is made to order, please allow additional time for fulfillment.

  • Usage Info
    Paracoat should be applied on the cheese surface by hand (with a soft brush or soft, lint-free cloth)as soon as the cheeses are dry after the brine bath. Cheese should be cold and, importantly, dry. Initially the top and most of the side of the cheese is coated. After complete drying of the Paracoat coating, the other side is treated the same way. Depending on cheese type and storage duration, a second and a third layer of Paracoat may be needed. Do not dilute Paracoat. Drying time depends on the temperature and relative humidity in the storage area. At 68 degrees F and a relative humidity of 60% it will take 1.5 hours for Paracoat to dry completely.
  • Customer Questions
    • From Ron Maturo at 03/20/2019 8:30 AM
      I am planning on coating my cheese in paracoat and then beeswax. In one of your other questions you state that paracoat needs to be cut away. Is it not edible?
      Hi Ron,

      The cheese coating although it is food grade and edible, it is not recommended to eat it. It has the consistency and taste of Elmer's Glue.
    • From bob marotta at 09/02/2018 6:54 PM
      How long can this be left on aging cheddars and parmesan? Months? Years?
      Hello,
      Paracoat may be left on aging cheeses indefinitely (as long as you need!). Thanks for the great question!
      GetCulture Staff
    • From Katie at 09/12/2016 9:42 AM
      Will a wire cutter cut through paracoat or is a knife needed for cutting through it?
      Hello Katie,
      You are talking about cheese that has been aged with a layer of Paracoat on it, correct? If so, Depending on how thick the paracoat was applied you might be able to get away with using a wire cutter but to avoid damaging your cutter a knife would be better.
      Hope this info helps.
    • From Kathy R. at 05/19/2016 10:12 AM
      How difficult is this to remove when it comes time to eat the cheese? Does it peel away like wax?
      Hello,
      Paracoat does not peel away like wax. Paracoat adheres to the cheese and need to be cut away.
      GetCulture Staff
    • From Tom at 05/14/2016 4:26 AM
      How many cheeses can I cover with this 8.4Lbs tub, how many layers do I need to apply, at the moment I am using bees wax but at the moment I'm having cracking issues, the humidity is high here, are there any issues with it sticking to the cheese?
      Hello Tom,
      You need just about 1-2 oz to cover a 2 lb block of cheese and that is with 2-3 coats.
      Most home hobbyist just use 2-3 coats of Paracoat on their cheese to store/age. Most commercial customers who use Paracoat, use 2-3 coats and then a coat of wax, but the wax is only for aesthetics at that point.

      Your cheese does need to be dry before coating it with Paracoat (just like wax) So you may need to put your cheese in the fridge for a couple of hours for it to dry if you are have trouble with humidity.

      Hoped this helped! Let us know if you have anymore questions.
      Thanks,
      GetCulture Staff
    • From Spencer at 03/16/2016 8:37 PM
      How long is the shelf life?
      Hello Spencer,
      The manufacture says Paracoat has a 12-16 month shelf life. But with first had experience it lasts longer. I would say its good for about 2 years.
      GetCulture Staff
    • From Marja at 10/07/2015 6:05 PM
      Is this product meant to be used as a replacement for wax, or in conjunction with wax? Can it be used for cheddars?
      Paracoat can be used by itself or in conjunction (underneath) wax. Most home hobbyist only use Paracoat, not Paracoat and wax. But it is up to you.

      The Paracoat is more pliable than wax, making it less likely to break open from turnings while it ages. Paracoat is also helpful in the aging process to protect your cheese from drying out.

      Hope this helps answer your question.
      Thanks,
      GetCulture Staff
    • From Holsteins_rock at 08/20/2013 11:37 AM
      I ran out of Paracoat with 1.5 coats of 3 on my cheese. I have CSK Ceska Coat cheese coating now. Does anyone over there know whether I can continue coating my cheese with the Ceska Coat, or would this question be better directed towards CSK? Thank you so much for your help.
      Hello,
      It's always best to contact the supplier of the product that you are using. They generally are the most familiar with the application.
      Thanks!
      GetCulture Support

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