Secrets for consistent, thin, slices off a goat cheese log?

Are there any "secrets" for being able to cut consistent, thin, slices off a goat cheese log? My first couple of cuts seem to work, but after that the subsequent cuts are smooshed and/or fall apart. Would it make sense to freeze the log first and cut it when if was firmer? Just thinking there might be some secret way to make this work...

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bigpan
bigpan May 8, 2012

Make sure the cheese is very cold, use a wire cheese slicer (piano wire and two wooden spool handles) - or, just use some dental floss !

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Ophelia
Ophelia May 8, 2012

Very cold, but not frozen. Freezing will change the texture of the cheese. I second the floss thing, use the thin unwaxed kind.

ChefOno
ChefOno May 8, 2012

Also…

Your description of the problem has me wondering, since the first slices are satisfactory, the solution might be wiping your knife with a damp towel between cuts.
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ChefOno
ChefOno May 8, 2012

(Works for cheesecake)

pierino
pierino May 8, 2012

And then there is the cheese planer, the whole function of which is produce consistant, thin slices.

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Pegeen
Pegeen May 8, 2012

Monofilament (fishing line) also works, like unflavored, unwaxed dental floss mentioned above. No matter what, you might need to put the log back in the fridge every few slices, for a few minutes. There's no secret except patience. :-)

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SeaJambon
SeaJambon May 9, 2012

Thanks everyone -- sounds like "patience" is the real answer (and, FWIW, I cleaned the knife after every slice and still had the problem. Must be that short time out of the fridge that makes the difference?). Great big "rats" (but glad I asked!) on the frozen -- was kind of hoping it was something simple like that (patience isn't simple for all of us!). Totally appreciate the help.

ChefOno
ChefOno May 9, 2012

Swing and a miss.

If you figure out the secret to patience, please let me know.

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