What are blue cheese crumbles?
Blue cheese crumbles are small bits of blue cheese that are broken off from a larger chunk or wheel.
How is blue cheese made?
During the cheesemaking process, cheesemakers add a type of mold – Penicillium roqueforti– to the curd. As the cheese ages in a wheel, stainless steel spikes or rods are inserted to allow oxygen to flow through the cheese. The oxygen allows the mold to grow in streaks or veins, producing the sharp, pungent flavors that are prized in blue cheese.
What makes blue cheese crumbly vs. creamy?
In terms of texture, there are two types of blue: creamy and crumbly. Creamy blue cheese typically is made by adding cream to the curd as the cheese is made. Creamy blues have a higher moisture content and more butterfat, making them easy to spread. Crumbly blue cheeses have less butterfat and are aged longer to lower the moisture content.