Thursday, July 15, 2010

Our recent attempt at Farmhouse Cheddar.
(Before the aging process)
"Never commit yourself to a cheese without first examing it."

T.S. Eliot
Why does everything that is delicious contain so much mystery? An entire world of bacteria and mold and proteins and fats is contained in one small cheese. The rind is a battlefield....we send in our troops (certain benificial molds, or perhaps vinegar, maybe wax) to win set up camp and scare off the enemy...
In the end, the cheese will be unique because from start to finish ONE MILLION things could have happened to alter it's taste...too much heat, too much humidity, an errant yeast, a strange household bacteria, a weed the goat ate that morning....and we find satisfaction in that ultimate embrace of.....mystery.

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