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Best Gear 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette CHEESE VAULT Plastic wrap is out—cheese vaults are in. Silicone walls wick moisture away from cheese, and a polished exterior allows for easy labeling with a pen. $30, thegrommet.com CHEESE KNIVES Form can be on the same level as function, especially in the case of these serving utensils. The subtle finish […]

Comeback Kids: Consider Bardwell Farm Finds a New Whey Following Recall


Photo via considerbardwellfarm.com Nothing strikes ice-cold fear into the hearts of dairy manufacturers quite like the L-word—we’re talking Listeria monocytogenes. An independent cheesemaker’s worst nightmare erupted in late September 2019 for Consider Bardwell Farm, when a routine inspection of the Vermont-based farm’s processing facilities yielded a positive test for listeria in a wheel of the […]

EU approves first geographically protected Croatian cheese


Big news for the cheese world: a new cheese has been granted Protected Denomination of Origin status, the first of its country no less. Paški Sir, a hard sheep’s milk cheese from the island of Pag in Croatia, has won PDO status after over a decade of campaigning by the family who makes it. And […]

Table of Contents: Best Cheeses 2019


Features THE BEST CHEESES OF THE YEAR Top notch wedges and wheels, plus remarkable cheesemaking regions  Written by culture staff and contributors THE BEST GEAR OF THE YEAR All the cheesy gadgets a turophile could ask for. Written by Margaret Leahy and Madison Trapkin THE BEST ACCOMPANIMENTS OF THE YEAR Jellies, crackers, and pickles, oh […]

Get Cultured


It’s tangy, creamy, and keeps you coming back for more. It’s sweet cream butter’s older, sophisticated cousin who drinks their coffee black and just got back from studying abroad in France. That’s right: we’re talking about cultured butter. “‘Culturing’ and ‘fermentation’ both basically mean growing microbes [to] change [our] food chemically,” says microbiologist Jessica Lee. […]

In Queso You Missed It: December 1st


November is officially behind us, which means so is National Stuffing Month. If you feel like you haven’t gotten your fill, check out our cheesy Stuffed Parrano Pumpkin recipe to keep the tastiness going through the rest of the holiday season.    In other cheese news: A cheese delivery van driver was pulled over after […]

Queso Without Borders: Se Vendo Queso Fresco


Consider yourself lucky if you’ve seen a sign with that phrase, which translates to “queso fresco for sale,” anywhere in the US. I used to see it often in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. Since I moved to Michigan, I started making my own cheese at home. I’ve still never found some of the more […]

California Creativity


Paso Robles—located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco—is perhaps best known for its robust wine industry; Its proximity to the coast along with ideal growing conditions make it a mecca for tourists and vintners alike. But the city is also home to a number of small farms and dairies. It’s hard to know the […]

Cheese Remix: Cheese Ballin’


New spins on this retro app help keep it fresh. CHEESE BALL CHEESES MIX-INS COATING ACCOMPANIMENT Bacon Scallion Cheese Ball Young cheddar, cream cheese Chopped Scallions Chopped bacon Woven wheat crackers Chocolate Chèvre Cheese Ball Fresh goat cheese Cocoa powder Semi-sweet chocolate chips Vanilla cookies Spicy Cheese Ball Cream cheese, grated Asiago Chopped pepperoncini, chopped […]

Queso Without Borders: Aisles of Change


Statesville, North Carolina is the definition of “small town America.” Spanning just over 24 square miles, outsiders would never consider the Iredell County seat a melting pot—but the dairy aisles of its modest markets tell a different story. Latinos make up the largest ethnic minority in the country, and the American South has the fastest […]