What is blue cheese mold?
Blue cheese mold is the fungus that's used to make blue cheese and includes one type of mold: Penicillium roqueforti.
How is blue cheese made?
During the cheesemaking process, blue cheese mold is injected into or mixed in with the curd. After the cheese is formed into wheels, it's pierced with spikes that allow oxygen to flow through the interior of the wheel, enabling the mold to flourish.
What cheeses are made with blue cheese mold?
There are many types of blue cheese made with the Penicillium roqueforti blue cheese molds. Roquefort is a sheep's milk blue produced in France. Gorgonzola is an Italian soft blue cheese made from cow's milk and has a soft, buttery, and creamy texture. Stilton, an English blue with a firmer texture, is ideal for recipes that call for blue cheese crumbles. Danablu is a Danish blue, while cabrales is a Spanish blue cheese.
Is blue cheese mold safe to eat?
Yes. The blue cheese molds - Penicillium roqueforti - is safe for human consumption. It does not produce the same toxins as dangerous molds. Rather, it can be quite healthy, with natural antibacterial properties and the ability to over-take pathogens.