Once again I fell into the trap of making cheese, trying it and moving on. I have issues being motivated enough to write posts for the site. I have been lax in my picture-taking, except for Instagram/Facebook. Well the time has come for me to play catch up. I want to share a cheese that has changed my mind about Blue Cheese. On December 27, 2014 I made my first proper blue cheese, it was a Stilton Style cheese. Now 3 months later it was time to open up this cheese and see if the finished product was any good.
Quick spoiler – it was. But there is more to this cheese than that.
My main issue with any cheese that I make is trying to keep the humidity up during aging. This one was no exception, but after lots of research I came up with a possible solution. I found a cheesemaker in Kentucky that said he vacuum sealed his Stilton Style cheeses after the blue had properly developed. Now this just seemed wrong to be, but I need to keep the cheese going and honestly I needed the space in the cheese fridges; ripening boxes take up a lot of space. I went for it, the cheese was vacuum bagged, and now a month later it was time to see if things went pear shape.
I am big into naming my cheeses, but I was stumped. So I asked my followers on social media and Christine from Cognitive Leeks, suggested Moraine Blue. It seemed right, so Moraine Blue it was. I know what you are saying now, “yes that is nice, but how did it taste?”
Tasting Notes For Moraine Blue
Overall this has changed my opinion of blues, both in making and enjoying them. There are some things I will change for next time I make it, first of all I will make a larger cheese. But for now, this one is good enough.
If you are interested in sharing your own cheese journey, either making or just cheese in general, let me know as I am always looking for guest writers.