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Moos-Letter 2017 April


Learn how to make Danbo a beloved cheese from Denmark, meet happy cheese makers and have fun along the whey...
The Fabulous Moos-Letter
April, 2017
Recipe of the month
Recipe for Danbo
Here is a wonderful recipe for Danbo, one of Denmark's most loved cheeses.

Covered in beautiful, lush, green landscapes, Denmark has ideal pastures for grazing. Of course, this also means there's amazing milk for cheese making. After sharing a few other recipes from Denmark, such as Havarti, Esrom and the Danish Tilsit, our love for Denmark's cheese has continued to grow.

Don't let it's short name fool you - Danbo has a lot of character. It's flavor can be anywhere from a fresh, sweet cheese with a creamy, buttery flavor to a much stronger and aromatic cheese, depending on how it's aged.

Much of it's sweet flavor comes from washing the curds early in the process (removing some of the whey). It also gains flavor and aroma from a specialized bacteria that's encouraged to grow on the surface of the cheese while it ages.

We're excited to share this new recipe with you and we're sure you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
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(Q) I am a nervous, soon to be first time cheese maker at home. If I am successful at some of the beginner cheeses, I will want to try some that require a bit of aging. Could I possible use a wine fridge as a small cheese cave?

(A) Many of our customers have used a wine fridge for aging their cheese. One of the most important steps is to make sure you can monitor the temperature, and the moisture accurately. A good hygrometer, such as the one sold on our website will give you this information.

Most people find that they need to modify the cooler somewhat. Adding enough moisture seems to be the biggest challenge.
(Q) I am interested in a method for adding mushrooms to ripened cheeses. I have chanterelles, black trumpets and porchini here in Maine. What preparation steps are recommended for the addition of mushrooms?

(A) The big problem with adding any fresh ingredients to a cheese is that the interior of that cheese is going to be anaerobic. This means that if you carry something into a cheese using a high moisture addition like mushrooms, there's a good chance you may be carrying some of the bad bacteria that do well in this anaerobic environment. That makes it an unsafe product health-wise because the bad bacteria will have little competition.

You could try drying the mushrooms out but that usually takes away much of their fresh character.
(Q) I am in the process of acquiring goat's milk to make cheese. Which rennet should I use?

(A) Any of our many kinds of rennet will work, but you need to pay attention to the strength of each rennet. Most recipes specify a single strength rennet - assume this if it is not stated.

Goat's milk works somewhat differently from cow's milk and a bit less rennet is usually in order if using a recipe normally intended for cow's milk.
(Q) Can lipase be added to any cheese to give it a stronger flavor - Baby Swiss, Derby, Farmhouse Cheddar, Tomme?

(A) As a chef blends ingredients to achieve specific flavors and textures, cheese makers should also consider the same approach.

Lipase is used fairly specifically in cheese making. It's primary use is in the traditional cheeses that come from southern Italy. Effectively, lipase produces that strong, fiery flavor in cheeses like aged Provolone and some of the Romanos.
Lipase actually works on the butterfat, breaking it down into these characteristic flavors. Whether you use it depends on whether you think this flavor is appropriate in other cheeses or not.

Most cheese makers feel that lipase flavors do not blend well in the styles that you mention. Their strong points are the natural flavors of milk and the lipase flavors tend to mask that.
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