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Stilton, Colston Bassett English Blue Cheese

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Nothing pleases us more on a cold winter evening than sharing a bottle of port and this rich, full flavored Stilton. However, Stilton makes a wonderful addition to a cheese plate any time of year, especially this one made by Richard Rowlett & Billy Kevan at Colston Bassett District Dairy, Nottinghamshire, England. 

This 'King of Blues' is made using pasteurized cow's milk and traditional animal rennet. Colston Bassett is one of the smallest Stilton Dairies in the country. The curd is hand-ladled before draining, which results in a luscious, creamy texture.  The rinds are dimpled and aged, bearing the marks of long months in the caves. 

The distinctive blue veins become more defined as the cheese matures, all the while maintaining a luxurious, silky texture and a long, fruity bite. Serve with a nice berry jam or a drizzle of herbal honey.

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Region Nottinghamshire
Country of Origin England
Cheese Type Blue
Type of Milk Cow
Flavor Profile Strong
Rennet Type Animal
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Serving and Caring for your cheese

Caring for Your Cheese

How much cheese should I buy?

We advise buying small quantities more frequently to avoid long term storage because the complex flavors and aromas of good cheese will change and degrade over time. For appetizer quantities and not much left over, we suggest 1/4 lb per person. For larger servings or if you'd like some left overs, we suggest a full 1/2 lb per person.

How should I serve my cheese?

You can serve any number of cheeses: a single magnificent chèvre or a large selection celebrating the diversity of aromas, flavors and textures found in various traditions around the world. Choose what you like and what you expect your audience will enjoy. We usually go for a selection of three to four cheeses with various milk types, textures and flavors.

Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Just before serving, unwrap each cheese and scrape the cut surface with a knife edge to remove a thin layer. If you notice dried out parts or mold on the face of the cheese, cut it away.

Can I eat the rind?

Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. If you don’t like the taste or texture, cut it off.

What do I do about the mold on my cheese?

Cheese stored for some time may grow exterior molds. Typical molds will be white or blue-green but you can sometimes come across yellow or gray. Most of the time, you can refresh the cheese by cutting away those affected areas. The cheese underneath will be fine.

How do I store my cheese?

Store in a higher humidity area of your refrigerator - likely an enclosed spot which allows for limited airflow rather than constant drafts.

How do I wrap my cheese?

Use a clean wrap of the cheese paper, or, in a pinch use parchment (for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (for firm to hard cheeses).


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