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12th Day of Cheese – Roquefort

Roquefort

You will never see a whole wheel
 of Roquefort in your local store as producers cut the wheel in half to ensure the correct amount of blue. So many hidden surprises about cheese that you will have fun exploring. Inside the ebook “How to Say Cheese” we had fun creating a reveal widget.

Cheese Profile

FLAVOUR Full Flavoured
TASTE Strong spicy, salty flavour followed by a rich creaminess.
SMELL Pleasant and earthy.
RIND Rindless, wrapped in foil to stop bad mould.
INTERIOR The paste is bright white, dense yet soft and creamy, with many small caverns coated with blue/green mould (Penicillin Roqueforti)
FABULOUS Firm yet soft, but not wet, filled with cavities covered in soft velvety grey-green mould
FAR-GONE Extra mould growing on the surface on a smell similar to hydrogen peroxide (bleach) Slimy texture and excess liquid, especially when wrapped in plastic for long periods of time.


Best way to enjoy
Combine with pears, dried figs, walnuts and honey. Mix with butter to spread on fresh bread.

Cheese Info

COUNTRY France
REGION Aveyeron
MILK TYPE Sheep
RENNET TYPE Animal
AGED 5 Months
3 Weeks in a cave
PRODUCER Roquefort Carles

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7th Day of Cheese – Ossau Iraty

Ossau Iraty

Made in the Ossau Valley near the Irati—the biggest beech forest in Europe— this cheese is aged on beechwood boards. The AOC regulations stipulate that only 
raw, unpasteurized milk be used. Some wheels are stuffed with Espelette peppers.

Cheese Profile

FLAVOUR Medium
TASTE Ranges from sweet, herbal and grassy to sheepy, followed by an acidic tang on the finish.
SMELL Lactic and fresh with a herbal aroma.
RIND Thick and crusty, often with dusty white patches. The colour ranges from light tan to coppery orange. An image of a sheep’s head and number are embossed on fermier wheels.
INTERIOR Firm texture with small irregular holes and cracks. Off-white in colour; occasionally with pale yellow blotches throughout the paste.
FABULOUS Firm interior without too many cracks and a sweet herbal aroma.
FAR-GONE Dry paste full of cracks with large mould spots near the rind and dull soapy taste.

Best way to enjoy
Ossau Iraty is amazing served on wedges with sweet preserves from your local farmers market.

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Cheese Info

COUNTRY France
REGION Basque
MILK TYPE Sheep
RENNET TYPE Animal
AGED 4 Months
PRODUCER Valleé D’ Aspe

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5th Day of Cheese – ComtĂ©

Comté

Ensuring that the milk is as fresh as possible, the milk for making Comté isn’t allowed to travel more than 20 Kms from where the cows are milk.

Cheese Profile

FLAVOUR Full flavoured
TASTE A rich flavour of nuts with grassy notes. Older wheels have a fruity finish.
SMELL Nutty, with a herbal, fruity essence.
RIND Natural crust, rubbed in a morge solution to encourage rind development.
INTERIOR Supple and dense, with protein crystals scattered throughout when aged for over a year. The colour is dark golden yellow turning almost tan towards the edges.
FABULOUS Dry, firm and dense, with few or no cracks.
FAR-GONE Slight pink colouration on the edges; a damp tacky rind that sticks to your fingers with a strong ammonia smell.

Best way to enjoy
A vital part of French cooking or cheese plates, Comté adds an amazing depth of flavour to a fondue or grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread.


Cheese Info

COUNTRY France
REGION Jura, Franche Comte
MILK TYPE Cow
RENNET TYPE Animal
AGED 4 Months – 4 Years
PRODUCER Comte

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1st Day of Cheese – St. Agur

St. Agur

St. Agur comes from the Auvergne region in central France, it is a soft creamy cheese with a decent amount of blue. The ageing process is about 2 months, then wrapped in foil.12daysofcheeseplatter_day1

 

The amount of blue isn’t overwhelming and I find people are pleasantly surprised when they try it. There is a bit of sweetness that comes from the double cream in combination with a slight mustiness of the blue on the finish. 

Cheese Profile

FLAVOUR Full Flavour
TASTE Rich and creamy balanced with a mild 
 blue bite.
SMELL Spicy and rich with a hint of salt and
sweet tangy finish.
RIND No rind; the foil wrapper stops unwanted mould growth.
INTERIOR Dense yet soft with a bright white paste and many small mouldy caverns.
FABULOUS A soft texture; cavities covered in velvety green and grey moulds.
FAR-GONE Almost liquid texture with extra surface mould; smells like peroxide.
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Best way to enjoy
Spread on a cracker or add to a blue cheese dressing. Reach the next level of delicious by melting on grilled steak.

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COUNTRY France
REGION Auvergne
MILK TYPE Cow
RENNET TYPE Animal
AGED 2 Months
PRODUCER Fromagerie Bongrain

 

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