Exciting things are happening both inside and outside the creamery here at Locksley Farmstead Cheese. We are new members of the American Cheese Society, a leader in promoting and supporting American cheeses. ACS provides educational resources and networking opportunities, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking focused on safety and sustainability.
What does it mean to be a "washed rind" or a "bloomy" rind cheese? A washed rind cheese is one that is washed by hand in a brine (saltwater) solution to inhibit mold growth and encourage growth of a specific bacteria called brevibacterium linens (commonly referred to as B. Linens) which thrive in this briney environment and result in a tacky, orange, smelly rind.
June is dairy month! 2019 marks the 82nd annual celebration of this nutritious and delicious category of products! Dairy products including milk, yogurt and CHEESE provide important nutritional benefits through high-quality protein, vitamins A and D and minerals such as calcium to keep your bones strong and healthy.
Spring has officially sprung, the cows have shed their winter coats and are very happily grazing the lush, GREEN hills. The grasses they are consuming, contains a pigment and antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which is also most notably found in carrots. Beta-carotene is dissolved into the cow’s fat stores after she chews her cud, which then in result forms globules in the milk produced.
What exactly are these cheeses doing just sitting there on the shelf? You may have been out to the Ag District a week, a month or two months ago and noticed that cheese hasn’t moved at all! Hard cheeses like our Little John Cheddar and Nottingham Gouda must age 6-8 months or more to develop the flavors and sharpness we all love.
We’ve cut the cheese! Those tall, black wax enrobed truckles that have been aging in the creamery window since late August are finally ready to crack into! While still at a young age of 6 months, Little John is rich, creamy and developing a nice sharpness. Our Little John Cheddar has been released and is available to purchase by the wedge at the Ag District Center.