What is creamy blue cheese?
Creamy blue cheese is a type of cheese that is made with cultures of the mold Penicillium roqueforti to produce deposits or veins of blue-green mold throughout the cheese. The mold gives the cheese a sharp, salty, pungent flavor, while high levels of moisture and butterfat give the cheese a creamy texture.
How is creamy blue cheese made?
During the cheesemaking process, a blue cheese mold is injected or mixed in with the curd. After the cheese is formed into wheels and left to age, cheesemakers spike the wheels with stainless steel rods that allow oxygen to flow through the middle of the cheese. Oxygen allows the mold to grow, creating blue-green streaks in veins throughout the cheese.
What's the difference between crumbly and creamy blue cheese?
When it comes to texture, there are two basic types of blue cheese. Creamy blue cheese is made by adding cream to the curd to create a smoother, more luxurious texture. Creamy blue cheeses tend to be less aged, preserving their high moisture content. Crumbly blue cheeses have less butterfat and are aged longer, resulting in less moisture and a denser curd. A blue cheese crumble is a perfect topper for salads, burgers, and pastas.