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Cheese of the Day: March 2 – Grayson

Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy Grayson. Copyright Meadow Creek Dairy 2017.

Our Facebook Cheese Study Group continues our deep diving into cheeses on March 2 with ACS CCP® Erin Clancy introducing us to Grayson, a Tallegio-style washed rind made by Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy. Here’s what she shared with our study group:

“Welcome to Cheese of the Day Thursday edition. On Thursday’s we will dive deep into the stinky world of washed rinds. Today we start with Grayson from Meadow Creek Dairy. Grayson is a raw, Jersey cow’s milk, farmstead cheese from Virginia. It is named after the county in SW Virginia that Rick & Helen Feete, the cheesemakers, live in.

Grayson is a 9-inch square cheese based on a Taleggio recipe. It was washed in a salt brine, aged 5 months, and only available seasonally. These Jersey Cows are born and live on pasture grazing on the grass and legumes that the land has to offer. They are milked from March until November and then the cows get a well deserved rest.

Grayson has a buttery soft, fudgy texture. It has a meaty, beefy, bacony flavor (bacon cheeseburger cheese anyone….anyone…?) with hints grass. It pairs best with a Belgian-style Golden or Tripel (think Allagash, Ommegang, Northcoast or actual Belgian beer like Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, or Chimay).

You can see the awards Grayson has won on Meadow Creek’s website listed below. It also won 3rd place in 2015 for Farmstead Cheeses Aged 60 Days or More—39% or Higher Moisture—Made from Cow’s Milk.”

For more information on this American Artisan Cheese:

Please visit Meadow Creek Dairy’s Grayson info page.

Culture Magazine explores Grayson.

James Beard Award Winning Janet Fletcher’s take on Grayson.

For those of you taking the ACS CCP Exam® July 26th in Denver (and anyone wanting to learn more about cheese), please join our Facebook Cheese Study Group.

Also, our group is raising funds to send worthy ACS CCP exam® candidates and ACS CCPs® who want to attend the 2017 ACS Conference in Denver, Cheese With Altitude. You can apply for a scholarship by clicking here and you can contribute to the scholarship fund by clicking here. All monies raised (withe the exception of the fees charged by GoFundMe) go to the winners of the scholarship. everyone involved in the scholarship efforts is donating their time and receiving NO fees or monetary compensation… just the feeling of helping those who need our help. Complete rules and information can be found here.


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