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Shropshire Blue Cheese Making Recipe

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Shropshire cheese is a rather "modern" cheese, with a history going back only as far as the early 20th century. The orange color comes from the addition of annatto, a natural food coloring which was added to distinguish it from other types of cheese. Shropshire has a flaky, crumbly texture and the blue is quite mild in a fully ripened cheese.
  • Yield2 pounds
  • Agingtime under 6 months
  • Skill Leveladvanced
  • Author


  • 2 Gallons Whole Milk (Not UltraPasteurized)
  • 3/4tsp (4-6ml) Annatto Coloring
  • 1/2 Packet C101 Mesophilic Culture or 1/8 tsp MA011 Culture
  • 1/16 tsp C90 Penicillium Roqueforti
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) Single Strength Liquid Rennet
  • Salt for dry salting curds


  • Large Stainless Steel Pot
  • Good Quality Thermometer
  • Mini Measuring Spoons
  • Curd Knife
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Draining Pan or Large Colander
  • 2 Small Cheese Molds or 1 Medium Cheese Mold (M28)
  • Butter Muslin
  • Cheese Mat