What is blue-veined cheese?
Blue-veined cheese is a cheese with streaks of blue or blue-green mold that give the cheese a sharp, tangy, musky taste. The texture of blue-veined cheese ranges from creamy to crumbly, depending on the age of the cheese and how much cream is added during the production process.
How is blue cheese made?
Blue-veined cheese is made from cow's milk, sheep's milk, or goat's milk and ripened with Penicillium mold. During the cheesemaking process, the cheese is spiked with thin skewers to create veins where oxygen encourages the blue cheese mold to grow. Some blue cheeses are made richer by adding cream to the curd to create a luxurious texture. A longer aging process reduces the moisture content for a dryer, crumbly cheese.
Is there a difference between blue-veined cheese and Gorgonzola?
Gorgonzola is one of the many types of blue cheese and is originally made in northern Italy. It tends to have a milder taste and softer texture than other blue varieties.