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How To Buy Moldy Cheese

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Moldy Cheese


 


 


Moldy cheese with blue veins is a variety of cheese that is popular with cheese connoisseurs. There are many varieties of blue moldy cheese that usually take the name of the country of their origin like Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola etc. While planning to buy moldy cheese it is advisable to know a little bit of the cheese to ensure that you are getting good quality cheese.


 


 


 


 


 


  • Some Useful Information on Moldy Cheese


Moldy cheese are made usually from cow's milk. The Scottish variety of blue moldy cheese is made using sheep's milk. Curdling of milk is facilitated by adding cow milk enzymes. The characteristic blue veins that are visible in moldy cheese is achieved by the addition of edible mold once the milk curdles. Alternately, proper molds are injected during processing. The growth of desired mold is enhanced by aging in caves or rooms with controlled cool, consistent temperature and humidity. Blue veined moldy cheese production dates back to many centuries. While Gorgonzola forms the eldest of blue cheeses, Stilton is the youngest and newest having been developed in the 18th century. Blue moldy cheese has a crumbly texture, a strong rich flavor and a characteristic pungent aroma. Roquefort blue cheese is among the most popular of all moldy cheeses.


 


  • Tips to Buy Moldy Cheese


  1. Use your sense of smell and taste while buying moldy cheese. Look for the strong pungent aroma and strong salty flavor.



  2. Insist on tasting the cheese prior to buying it. A strong salty and peppery taste is characteristic of good quality blue moldy cheese. The taste would be sharp and recognizable.



  3. Cheese with mold would have a musty and pungent smell that is distinct. In addition fresh buttermilk smell also can be identified



  4. Do not buy blue cheese that has white mold since it is indicative of wrong handling of cheese while processing and packaging. These might not be fresh or of good quality.



  5. Make sure that blue cheese does not smell rotten or is damp. Rotten smell emanates from cheese that has gone bad.



  6. Artificial blue cheese would taste sour. Avoid buying such moldy cheese.



  7. Blue moldy cheese is stored in refrigerators in markets and they are tightly wrapped to avoid formation of mold pockets.



  8. Storage of moldy cheese is very important for maintaining its quality and when buying ensure that the cheese has been stored according to instructions on the package. Texture and taste of cheese depends on the way cheese is stored at the cheese mongers'.



  9. Ensure that moldy cheese has been made with pasteurized milk since United States Department of Agriculture permits sale of only pasteurized cheese to public for health and safety reasons.


 


Moldy cheese is used in a variety of products in America like dressings, cheese dips etc. Buy fresh moldy cheese to enjoy its unique taste.


 


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