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Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« on: March 20, 2017, 02:33:02 PM »
I have made a lot of cheeses, but have never had much interest in doing a blue cheese for some reason. Doing surface ripened (bloomy) semi-lactic type cheeses are the ones I really like to make and work the best for my life schedule.

I came across an article with a recipe  in the latest Culture magazine for chevre that is a surface ripened blue. The idea immediately got my attention as something new to try. I didn't really use the recipe as published, but more as a guide (I also think the recipe has an error for the salt amount). I used 1 gal. of raw goat's milk to make chevre using my normal recipe. Since I don't have any PR culture, I did follow the magazine article guidelines for harvesting blue from an already made blue cheese. The recommendation was to use a fresh domestically produced blue so that the blue mold is fresher and more likely viable. I harvested the blue mold I could from a local cheese called Whatcom Blue. I mixed the harvested blue with a small amount of the goat's milk and added it to the rest of the goat's milk when it was at temperature (85 deg F).

I drained the resulting curd for 24 hours, salted with 1 tablespoon of salt, then shaped into 4 log shapes. The cheese logs were allowed to dry at room temperature for about three days, then placed in my cave at 50-53 degrees F.

I was a little nervous that the harvested blue might not work. Here is what happened in a week  ^-^



The recommendation of the article is to age 1-3 weeks.



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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 05:20:57 PM »
Looks like it worked!!  ;D I'm curious how the taste comes out
I am a cheese loving college student headed towards a PhD in Psychology working with what I have to produce some yummy morsels. Advice is always welcome!

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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 09:55:48 PM »
I too have been thinking about latic blues , I wait with baited breath .

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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 08:13:43 PM »
Looks like it worked!!  ;D I'm curious how the taste comes out

Me too  :P. According to the magazine article it gets a funky flavor as it ages longer. The picture of the cheese showed it oozing around the edge and firmer in the center. This seems to be what mine is doing.


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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 11:04:15 PM »
Remember blue is very aggressive , so keep your eye on them and expect to open one a little earlier than the recipe callls for  just so you know for sure the timing .

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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 08:18:09 PM »
Yes, I check them and flip them daily. Today opened one to check on the flavor/texture. It is getting the nice ooziness under the rind. The center is more chalk-like that is typical of well drained chevre. The flavor is good, but not a lot of blue, just a touch. Has some goaty flavor, so not quite as mild as a fresh chevre. Overall is very tasty for about 1 1/2 weeks ripening. I think I will continue ripening awhile longer to see what happens  ;D.




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Re: Surface Ripened Blue Chevre Log
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 09:32:46 PM »
You might want to try piercing one of them , I suspect that this will speed up the blue flavoring in the center curd .

Looking good so far .