CHEESE STORIES FROM BOX #19

– DISPATCHED 12 AUGUST 2020 –

This month we’re doing something different. We’re working with three of our favourite cheese-makers, Grinning Gecko, Cartwheel Creamery and Over the Moon to offer you six delicious cheeses. We’ve chosen two stinky washed rinds, two delicious blues and two salty fetas, because we want to give you the opportunity to savour the differences in flavour and texture within each style. New Zealand has such an incredible variety of cheeses and we really hope you enjoy the opportunity to compare and contrast.

 

THE BLUES…

Blue cheese is a love or hate affair. It has a powerful, tangy flavour made from penicillium mould. For this box we’ve included a cow’s milk and a goat’s milk version.  Enjoy the differences!

 

BLUE RHAPSODY, CARTWHEEL CREAMERY

Not sure about blues? Try this one. We reckon the Blue Rhapsody is a great cheese for those new to the blue experience, or people with a sensitive palate. It’s made from jersey cow milk and has a soft and buttery texture, with a distinct blue cheese piquancy, and a low-level kick. This is quite a young blue, so hold off on eating it until late August to get the best flavours.

 

GOATS BLUE, OVER THE MOON

We love this cheese - it’s the lovely fresh and zingy taste that make it so appealing. This is a beautifully-balanced cheese made by a unique recipe to give it creaminess as well as blue veining. It's stronger than the Blue Rhapsody a piquant ‘blue’ taste and the tangy finish of goat’s milk.

 

THE WASHED RINDS...

Make sure you eat these delicious washed rind cheeses at room temperature so you can appreciate the full flavour. Originally developed by Trappist Monks to eat on their fasting days, washed rind cheeses were originally banned on French public transport because of their strong ‘smelly socks” aroma!

 

GALACTIC GOLD, OVER THE MOON

The Galactic Gold is a cheese with a unique, savoury flavour. It has a creamy, soft and supple body, a little like the texture of camembert and as it matures the cheese develops a more complex taste. Pair it with floral, honeyed, or fruity beverages like Riesling or Belgian ale.

 

KAU PIRO, GRINNING GECKO 

This award-winning washed rind cheese has a luscious creamy interior with a savoury earthy flavour which becomes more complex and robust with age. It’s a labour-intensive cheese, as it starts as a Camembert and gets hand-brushed with a solution until it develops its typical orange tinge and pungent smell. Kau Piro means stinky cow in Te Reo. This cheese pairs well with a sweet cider or wine or a drizzle of honey 

 

THE FETA...

Feta is a brined curd cheese originating in Greece. It has a crumbly texture, a salty flavour and a slightly grainy texture in comparison to other cheeses. 

 

PHEONIX FETA, CARTWHEEL CREAMERY

This is a goat's milk feta style cheese. The cheese-makers say “we love it's fresh and clean flavours and the genuine contribution it makes to a healthy Mediterranean oriented diet.  We love it's name because the first farm the goats were on is called Pheonix Farm. We like place names because they tell you something about the heritage of the cheese. Why is it unique? Maybe because the goats are happy and fed a diet of fresh cut pasture and that shines through with each bite.”

 

GRINNING GECKO FETA

This is a cow’s milk feta from Grinning Gecko, an award winning cheesery based in Whangarei, Northland. Using traditional methods and fresh organic milk from local Ayrshire cows, owners James and Catherine create exceptional, handmade cheeses. This feta has a deliciously tangy and salty flavour with a creamy texture and pairs nicely with a sharp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

 

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

GRINNING GECKO

The best part about our job is working together to create delicious, healthy food that we know has been produced in a sustainable way. 

 

CARTWHEEL

Cheese-making is more than a job, it's a very involved and complex lifestyle that demands our attention most days, a bit like farming. The best thing about it is creating food and creating connections between us and people who love cheese.

 

OVER THE MOON

What's the best thing about our job?  Getting to taste all the lovely cheeses we make!  Someone has to do it….

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