Saturday, January 24, 2009

Raw Milk Cheese

By Diana Hsieh

Not long ago, I discovered that I could buy some raw milk cheeses in my regular grocery store. Yeah! Unfortunately, the FDA prohibits the sale of raw milk cheeses aged for less than sixty days, but at least some raw cheese can be had.

I've tried -- and liked -- Organic Valley's raw sharp cheddar. It's good, but nothing to write home about. Basically, it's not nearly sharp enough for my tastes. I also very much enjoyed the raw cheese I bought from Colorado's own Windsor Dairy. I can't recall which one I bought, but I'd happily go out of my way to buy more from them.

However, just this morning I tried the raw milk blue cheese made by Point Reyes in California. I bought it from my local Safeway yesterday. It was pungent, smooth, creamy perfection. Apparently, I'm not the only one in love with it.

So if you like blue cheese, give it a try! It wasn't particularly expensive, relative to other good-quality cheeses. At $20 per pound, my good-sized hunk of .37 pounds cost $7.40.

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