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Offline Brie

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The Cam came to the Party
« on: April 22, 2010, 10:48:42 PM »
This Cam was not ready to come to my cheese-tsting party,but needed to show itself as a cheese that differentiates from all the others that I offered. Ash-rind, it actually tasted great (it's brothers will age for another few weeks).
Darn, another cheese meltdown--ahh, perfect fondue.


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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 11:04:07 PM »
Brie,

Looks yummy.  Do you find any flavor from the ash?  I have read that it imparts almost no flavor.  Do you use a raw milk?

I read recently that to add an interesting aesthetic appeal to your cam you could cut it in half horizontally once you have a good bloom.  Then you sprinkle some ash in the middle and let the cheese heal over itself.  Think of it as a backwards oreo.  :)  One day I will try this.

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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 11:30:46 PM »
Ben, what you describe sounds like the "Morbier look", although Morbier is significantly different from Camembert. FWIW, they used to put a layer of ash on the curd from the morning milking, to protect it until they could put the curd from afternoon milking. Doesn't really change the taste, but makes for a striking looking cheese :)
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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 11:41:48 PM »
Vavroom,

Yup, you nailed it.  That is exactly what I imagine it would look like.

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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 11:41:56 AM »
The ash has no taste, but helps develop a nice rind. Yes, raw organic milk only. I do make a goat cheese in the style of Humbolt Fog that has ash in the middle--it's added into the mold with the curds. And, Morbier? Here's both a Cam and a Morbier--ash added halfway between curds while molding. Cam is a mold-ripened cheese and Moriber is a washed rind cheese that is brined every other day with a tad of b. linens
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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 12:42:58 AM »
Pic of the Humbolt Fog
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Re: The Cam came to the Party
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 03:33:16 AM »
Now that made my mouth water!
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