Cheese Showcase: Blue Cheese

It seems that the origin of most innovative creations come from human error. Take the story of how blue cheese came into being; it is thought that a drunken cheese maker left behind a half eaten loaf of bread in moist cheese caves. On his return he discovered the mold covering the bread had transformed it into a blue cheese and the rest is history! Today this naturally occurring mold has been refined and cultivated and almost all blue cheeses are now made by adding this to milk during the cheese making process. The cheese is pierced during maturation which allows air to react with the mold and results in the characteristic blue veining common in most blue cheeses.
Blue cheese is one of our favourite varieties with flavour profiles ranging from mellow and creamy to sharp and tangy, below we explore some of our bestselling blue cheeses.

stilton 2 (2)Stilton
Perhaps one of the best known of the blue cheeses our Stilton is produced by the Tuxford & Tebbutt Creamery, one of only six creameries in the UK permitted under the EU Protected Designation of Origin status to produce traditional Blue Stilton. It is a rich, complex cheese with a smooth creaminess when young developing into a tangy sharpness when mature. The texture is light and crumbly with a straw-like colour and dark blue veining throughout. We like this crumbled over salads with pear and walnuts or stirred into creamy pasta with some mushrooms or bacon. The cheese is available in whole 4kg rounds and 200g retail packs, click here for more info.

Dorset Blue Vinny
Dorset Blue Vinny was once made in almost every farmhouse in Dorset until the Second World War when production died out. The cheese was resurrected in the 1980’s using a 300 year old recipe and is today made on Woodbridge Farm by dorset blue (2)Michael Davies. This is a lovely, mellow blue cheese with a creamy, crumbly texture. Due to its artisan production the colour varies greatly from cheese to cheese, typically it is a deep yellow on the outside with a much lighter, creamy colouring towards the centre and dark blue/green veining throughout. Try this in a creamy leek and potato soup or on some crackers with a light, fruity chutney. The Blue Vinny is available in whole 3kg rounds and 150g retail packs, click here for more info.

Devon Blue
Made by Robin Congden of Ticklemore Cheese in Totnes, the Devon Blue is produced by hand using cows’ milk sourced from a local farmers co-operative. devon blue (2)This is a moist, crumbly cheese with buttery, clean flavours and soft texture. As the cheese matures it develops slightly sweet, caramel tones resulting in an intriguing, complex cheese. The colour of Devon Blue is pale and creamy with subtle blue veining throughout. Try this in a savoury cheesecake with walnuts and rosemary or in a warming blue cheese and broccoli soup with chunky bread. Devon Blue is available in whole 3.5kg rounds and 130g retail packs, click here for more info.

Blue cheeses are wildly different and their astonishing range of flavours mean we will never tire of trying new ones.

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World Cheese Awards 2018

Last week saw the return of the prestigious World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway. Thousands of cheeses from all corners of the world assembled to be judged by an expert panel of more than 230 judges. A number of our very own West Country cheese producers made the top half of the list; we’ve listed some of them below and congratulate all the winners on their tremendous success.

QuickesGroupQuicke’s Goat Milk
The Quicke’s are no strangers to awards and have been producing their traditional cloth-bound cheeses for the last 500 years. This Goat Milk cheese is matured for six months, during which time it develops a clean, buttery and slightly nutty flavour. It was judged worthy of a Gold award at this years awards.

Dorset Blue Vinny
Dorset Blue Vinny also scooped a Gold at the World Cheese Awards while alsoDorset_Blue_Vinny02 winning Best Blue Cheese at the Great British Cheese Awards. Made on Woodbridge Farm in Dorset, traditionally the ‘blueing process’ was encouraged by dragging mouldy horse harnesses through the milk however nowadays this practice has fallen out of fashion and instead long narrow pins spike the cheese, allowing air into it which helps the mould to grow and the flavour to develop.

Cornish Blue
This cheese previously won World Champion at the World Cheese Awards in 2010 and this year won Super Gold, an accomplishment awarded to the top 78 cheeses who then compete for the title of World Champion. Made by the Cornish Cheese Company on Bodmin Moor, the rich Cornish milk gives this cheese a creamy, buttery flavour and slight sweetness not commonly found in English blues.

Check out our website http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/cheese/ for our full list of award winning cheeses.

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