1. Blue Brie
2. Blue Cheshire
3. Triple Cream Blue
4. Danish Style Blue
5. Gorgonzola Style Blue
Danish Style Blue - Denmark
Blue Brie - Germany
Gorgonzola Style Blue- Italy
makes a variety of styles of Blue Cheese. The first blue cheese
recorded were from factories in northern New South Wales and Gippsland
in the 1930s and 1940s. Currently more than 22 varieties of blue cheese
are made in Australia.
Cheese is a unique category of mould ripened cheese. The natural crusty
rind on most blues has an earthy rustic appearance that develops while
the cheese is maturing in humidity-controlled cellars.
Blue Cheese is sometimes salty as salt controls the development of blue which seasonally can alter.
Making Blue Cheese
mould spores, Penicillium Roqueforti are added to the milk at the
outset of the cheesemaking process. Once the curd is cut and the whey
drained, Blue Cheese varieties are not (mechanically) pressed. Rather,
they are frequently turned so the weight of the curds expels the
moisture. The curd must remain loosely packed in the hoops to leave
space for the blue mould to grow. Hoop size depends on the style of
cheese being made and influences the cheese’s development:
- Australian Gorgonzola styles, 6kg to 8kg.
- Australian Danish styles, 2kg.
- Australian Blue Brie styles, approximately 1.2kg.
The next day, the cheese is salted and turned.
steel needles, not copper wire, are used to pierce and aerate the
cheese. This process may be done from one to three times and assists
the growth of blue cultures during maturation.
grows along the spike lines and into the smaller crevices (veins) of
the curd. The number of times the cheese is pierced and whether it is
from the top as well as the sides of the cheese will largely depend on
the type of cheese being made.
These veins appear
initially as light blue at the centre of the immature cheese. As the
cheese softens and matures, the veins become darker and spread outwards
developing the distinctive blue flavour of the cheese.
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