Stilton

Taming Of The Blue – Moraine Blue

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.

Blue ready

The finished product.

Quick spoiler – it was.  But there is more to this cheese than that. (more…)

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The Blue Road To Stilton….Part 2

Just after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve, I made my first attempt at a proper blue cheese.  Now a few days later it was time to check on the cheese and see if it was time to smooth or “rub up” the surface, to form a proper “sealed” rind.

Last day of draining

As of the 5th day of draining there was a decent amount of blue.

But was there enough to call for unmoulding and smoothing? (more…)

On The Blue Road To Stilton – Last Cheese Of 2014…Part 1

I have toyed with lactic blues over the past few months with varied success, but as 2014 drew to a close it was time to buckle down and make a proper blue.  With so many choices, I thought the classics don’t go out of style and I have had requests for a certain English Blue for a while; so a Stiltonesque cheese it was to be.

Stilton, both Blue and White versions, have PDO status by the EU and can only be made in three counties (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire) in England, using pasteurized milk, to be considered Stilton.  A Raw Milk version of Stilton, co-created by Randolph Hodgson of Neal’s Yard Dairy and American Joe Schneider, is called Stichelton because of the conditions of the Stilton PDO.

Would a Stilton by any other name smell as funkilishous?  Would it taste as great?  It was time to fire up the cheese vat and find out.

Cultures and mould added for Stilton Style cheese

With the cultures and P. Roqueforti added the Stilonesque was under way!

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