Have you ever cut into a supple slice of Morbier or a creamy chunk of Humboldt Fog and wondered about the presence of ashes in your cheese? It might sound like an odd addition to a food product, but don’t fear the ash!
Last week, from March 7th-9th, was the biannual United States Championship Cheese Contest. This year’s contest was the most entered to date with a record setting 2,303 entries! Held at Lambeu Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin; the 2017 USCC featured several of our member cheesemakers’ delicious cheeses bringing home 21 total awards across their respective categories!
Some books, like some cheeses, get better with time. This is the case of Professor Heather Paxson’s “The Life of Cheese.”
Homesteaders-to-be will learn the arts of brewing beer, cultivating mushrooms, preserving herbs, preparing broths, and...drumroll please...making cheese at home — no cow, goat or sheep needed! Adam Shutes, owner of the Boston Cheese Cellar in Roslindale, Mass., will lead the cheese-making portion of the festival. The OCC connected with Adam to learn more about his love affair with cheese and cheese-making.
With high rates of obesity, it is estimated that 45 million people in the United States alone are dieting every year. Many of today’s popular diets cut out specific foods or food groups. Dairy is oftentimes one of the first foods eliminated when wanting to lose weight. Even though cheese and dairy are important sources of essential vitamins and minerals, dieters tend to demonize it because it can be high in fat and calories.
Two American cheesemakers that embody this spirit of harmonizing tradition with ingenuity in cheesemaking are Cypress Grove Chevre and Cowgirl Creamery. We are delighted to welcome both of these companies as members of the Oldways Cheese Coalition as their unwavering commitment to artisan methods and quality expresses the heart and soul of what our Coalition represents.
How is it possible that most of us are so intimidated when we approach the cheese counter at our local supermarket, when we have been eating cheese for all of our lifes? Probably, the mystification either comes from a growing selection of cheeses from far and more diverse places; or from the many news reports and opinions saying that the cheese we eat is not healthy. Talk about making grocery shopping a complicated and stressful journey. Here at Oldways, we love good traditional food, but the most important thing for us is to empower you with information to make you choose the best food for your lifestyle. Lets get some basic information first and then on to some serious recommendations.