Culture Magazine’s Cheese Library is one of the best I have found on the internet. (Cowgirl Creamery, cheese.com and Murray’s Cheese libraries are also impressive.) The library includes the best known and beloved cheeses and many small-batch, obscure and sometimes, hard-to-find cheeses.
As you increase your cheese IQ, it’s important to know certain facts about many cheeses, not only to pass exams, but also to help when introducing customers to a cheese that is “new” to them. Customers love to share the “romance” with their friends. One of my favorite bits of romance is about Stilton… “Did you know that Stilton cheese cannot legally be made in the village of Stilton, the very village whose name it bears?”
When studying, the basics you need to know about each cheese include: Name, Country of Origin and European Protection Status, Milk Type, Raw or Pasteurized, Rennet Type, General Family (Classification), Aging Process and length, Rind and other specific facts that set it apart from similar cheeses.
Banon Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar Barely Buzzed Bayley Hazen Blue Bear Hill Beaufort BellaVitano Gold Bent River Camembert Bleu d’Auvergne Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar Bonne Buche Bossa Brie de Melun Brie de Meaux Brillat Savarin Bucheron Burrata
Cabecou de Rocamadour Cabot Clothbound Cheddar Cabrales Caerphilly Calcagno Camembert de Normandie Cantal Laguiole Capricious Caveman Blue Chabichou du Poitou Charolais Cheshire Chevre (Vermont Creamery) Comte Constant Bliss Cotija
Here are a few other cheeses you should know that are not currently in the Culture Magazine Library. I have found other links that give you the basics for each cheese:
Barden Blue Boerenkaas Challerhocker Condor’s Run Ewephoria Feta Fium ‘Orbu Garretts Ferry Green Hill Halloumi Hannah Hubbardston Blue Island Brebis Jeffs’ Select Gouda Kunick Lake’s Edge Lancashire Le Cendrillon L’Etivaz Limberger Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar Melville Mozzarella di Bufala Myzithra Oakdale Aged Gouda Podda Classico Prairie Breeze West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Zimbro
My lists of 281 cheeses you should know and 165 more cheeses you should know are reference charts to assist your studies. Be sure and check out my list of 249 raw milk cheeses and 180 vegetarian-suitable cheeses. I also created an up-to-date list of EU Protected Cheeses.
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