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Purple smears on camembert?
« on: September 12, 2013, 05:12:16 AM »
So I have some camembert that has been ripening for a few weeks now but has developed purple smears on the outside.  Any opinions as to whether it is ok to eat. Im thinking it maybe cross contamination from some blue I also have ripening


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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 06:12:09 PM »
No one knows where the purple has come from? or if its safe?

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 08:57:20 PM »
I am not an expert, however, I personally would not risk eating it.
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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 12:45:48 AM »
Why not just age it out, cut it, and see if anything looks or smells off? I think when camembert is bad it's pretty easy to tell.

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 12:04:14 PM »
I agree with gsager.  I've not yet seen a purple mold on any of my cheeses, but I'd finish aging it and at least give it a taste.  Even if the rind turns out to be less than palatable the paste might still be good. 
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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 12:05:59 PM »
Personally, I would toss it and start over.

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2013, 01:40:31 PM »
Thanks guys. I have had a small portion of it now and haven't died so im taking that as a good sign. I will probably just keep the cheese for myself just in case

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013, 08:12:16 AM »
Hi

Now that you did not die...  ??? I'd want to try to answer the question "what happened?". IMHE (in my humble experience), if the spots come through all over the cheese surface - like a rash, then I think that the contamination occurred before moulding, in my case the source was a batch of parlour contaminated milk (poor pipe cleaning before milking). The fact that the contaminant is only on the edge makes me think that your contaminant arrived after the curds were placed in the moulds. Maybe the mould edges were not properly sanitised? or the cheese  edges brushed a humid surface or cloth? or your hands (fingernails especially), or during washing?

Good luck in working it out..
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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2013, 10:20:34 AM »

Hmmmmmm.........................Purple Cheese ?

Maybe something from your garden got in it ? .............like this?                  http://reviews.nuggetry.com/buds/purple-cheese-homegrown-mrthc_420


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Let us know how it works ...........er , tastes I mean. ;D
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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2013, 06:47:23 PM »
So took one of the cheeses to a friends place. He loved it and ate about 1/2 of it. The taste was strong. too strong for me. Definately had that french cabbagey camebert taste to it. Also the insides were liquidified. Like fondu.

The moulds were all sanitised by leaving in the sink with iodine solution. I think maybe i was getting some cross comtamination in my fridge when i was turning them. I was also aging some stiltons. I think i will clean out my fridge completely when i finish aging my last tomme thats in there at the moment. Give every thing a really good wash.

Mmmmmm Tomme . .. . cant wait to eat that. Oh and there is still a waxed segment of gouda that has been in there over a year now . . . should break that out soon


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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2013, 02:34:38 PM »
You sure its not something from the outside? perhaps you wiped with a purple napkin or something?
Ive never seen a purple mold before...
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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2013, 07:16:13 PM »
The taste was strong. too strong for me. Definately had that french cabbagey camebert taste to it. Also the insides were liquidified. Like fondu.
That rang a bell with me. I had a Gouda that had a strange smell/taste and turned very soft and squishy.

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2013, 02:25:17 PM »
The taste was strong. too strong for me. Definately had that french cabbagey camebert taste to it. Also the insides were liquidified. Like fondu.
That rang a bell with me. I had a Gouda that had a strange smell/taste and turned very soft and squishy.

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Probably should add this to the Failures Page instead ;)

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2013, 09:09:08 PM »
Probably should add this to the Failures Page instead ;)
What?!! My slightly imperfect Gouda?!! Why, the impertinence! :D

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Re: Purple smears on camembert?
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2013, 10:16:55 PM »
Probably should add this to the Failures Page instead ;)
What?!! My slightly imperfect Gouda?!! Why, the impertinence! :D

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I was meaning my camebert haha