Let us count the types of blue cheese
For the lovers of strong, pungent flavors, there simply can't be too many types of blue cheese in the world. We love every variety of this bold and moldy cheese. With warm dates and prosciutto, we'd like a soft blue cheese, please. Baked potatoes or seared venison – we'd love a dollop of creamy blue cheese on top. And any burger is always better when sprinkled with a blue cheese crumble.
While there are dozens of different types of blue-veined cheese made all over the world, you can fill a whole cheese counter with the types of blue cheese made right here in Wisconsin. We're true blue fans, and our cheesemakers are always working overtime to satisfy our craving for the blue funk.
With so many types of blue cheese, it's easy to find the perfect pairing for every Wisconsin variety.
There are dozens of varieties of blue cheese. The four classics are French roquefort, English stilton, Italian gorgonzola, and Spanish cabrales. But today, blue cheese is made in many countries and in a growing variety of styles.
All blue cheeses are made by introducing a Penicillium mold into the milk during the cheesemaking process. Once the cheese is formed into wheels, cheesemakers use long needles to spike the cheese, creating veins where oxygen allows the blue cheese mold to grow. Beyond this basic process, different types of blue cheese are made by using different kinds of milk, temperature levels, amounts of salt, time for aging, and various other factors. Creamy blue cheeses have cream added to the curd during the cheesemaking process, while crumbly blue cheeses are created by aging the cheese to reduce the moisture content.
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Here in Wisconsin, our taste in cheese runs blue. Like anyone who's heavily into cheese, we're ecstatic whenever we come across new types of blue cheese. And trust us, you don't want to be in our way when the blue gets placed on the table.
That's why our cheesemakers are constantly dreaming up new ways to turn cheese blue – and to produce more than 600 additional varieties, styles, and types of cheese. That's more than any other state or country in the world. For the past 180 years, we've been working to produce the tastiest, highest-quality cheese in the universe. And we've won more than 5,500 awards for our Wisconsin-made beauties – so we must be doing something right.
So next time you're hankering for a hunk of blue flavor, make it a Wisconsin blue. Your taste buds will be forever grateful.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.