It's Washed Rind Season
Tis the season to be...stinky? Hooray, it's officially washed rind season here in the US, now that the cold weather has come upon us! It's time to celebrate with a spoon and a wheel of something funky and oozy.
Many of these delicacies are made from raw milk, requiring an aging period of at least 60 days (in the U.S.). Sixty days ago, the cows were coming off summer pasture and beginning to eat heavier grasses. In early cheesemaking cultures, this transition often inspired a shift in recipes, from firm mountain-style cheeses to softies that accrued flavor from gentle baths of beer, brine, or hard liquor.
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