Saturday, February 21, 2009

Washed rind cheeses


The washed rind cheeses are starting to turn nicely orange and are developing their typical smell.


5 comments:

AntonV said...

What are these orange rind like cheeses that are very smelly ? Are these based on any type of french soft cheeses. Something like "Chaumes" ?

Yaldwyn said...

A washed rind cheese is washed during aging with a brine solution or some other liquid. Some cheese makers use wine, beer, buttermilk or any other acidic solution of choice. This process establishes the growth of the corynebacterum such as Brevibacterium linens. This creates a pungent smell. Not all washed rind cheeses smell very pungent or pungent at all. There is definitely a gradation in pungency. Chaume is indeed a washed rind cheese. But being unfamiliar with this type of cheese I can only go by what I have read online. I conclude that it is one of the milder ones. Other washed commonly known washed rind cheeses are limburger, munster, pont l'eveque and epoisse being the strongest. Even gruyeres and comtes are often washed for the first few weeks of aging to develop a typical rind.

Anton said...

Thanks very much for the extended explanation. Sometimes your English is so difficult and specialized that I have to look up many terms in a dictionary. Therefor I started reading online on the art of making cheese in the Dutch language.

Another thing I'd like to mention is that Dutch people are famous makers and eaters of cheese and that it has given us the international nickname 'Kaaskoppen' in the Dutch language which you be translated to something like "cheeseheads" :)

Another question: are cheeses that one can buy here (NL) and are known as Trappist cheese also rind washed ? These monks also are famous for their beer making.

Yaldwyn said...

Some are, some aren't...

AntonV said...

Ah, I see.

I mentioned monks, but you also mentioned a nun from the USA who studied cheese making and the basis for it (fungi, bacteria etc.). It is my own observatium that cahtholics are more open- minded and interested in such things (anything related to biology) than protestants and that that is the case since the early middle ages.