Gorgonzola DOP, Castelmagno, Stilton: these are just some of the most famous blue cheeses in the world, a category characterized by a special cheese-making technique.
How is blue cheese made?
Blue cheeses are obtained by adding selected spores to the milk, before the formation of the curd, simply by adding the mold culture to the cheese milk, or after, by mixing the spores with the curd.
To make the cheese turn blue, oxygen is injected into the cheese paste during the aging period.
Blue cheese types
There are types of blue cheese, depending to several factors: first of all the type of mold used that determines the blue cheese taste: in fact Penicillium Glaucum has a softer, sweeter flavor than Penicillium Roqueforti.
Depending on the water content and the aging, the blue cheese texture varies from soft and creamy to crumbly or firm.
Blue cheeses are as good used to prepare many delicious recipes as served on their own with a good Port or Sauternes.
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