Good Morning, Cheese People! This week I bring you a special treat. Well, these posts are always special treats, what am I saying? Anyway, I feel that this post is pretty cool. I intended on discussing Fresh Chevre for cheese of the day, which led me to review the ACS winners in the category last summer in Des Moines. Winning first place was Sage Farm Goat Dairy, located in Stowe, Vermont. They are tiny but dedicated, and visiting their website and learning their story will open up avenues of learning about the way a farm operates. It is very well done, rich in information! They make a number of other interesting and beautiful looking cheeses, which I find amazing for their small scale. These cheeses are beautifully photographed and vividly described with cheesemaking techniques as well as excellent tasting notes.
Fresh chevre in the US really paved the way for the American Cheese Renaissance. Laura Chenel, Mary Keehn, Judith Schad, Jennifer Bice and Allison Hooper all started working with goats around the same time, in the late 70s. They are known as the American “Goat Ladies” and have made significant contributions to the cheese landscape as we know it, and introduced American palates to exciting experiences.
Goat’s milk is composed of 5% lactose, 3.5% protein and 4% fat. The protein structure may make the milk more digestible. Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized. The milk and the cheese is always white because “the fat-soluble pre-vitamin beta-carotene of a rich yellow color is converted to a colorless vitamin A before entering milk”, p. 322, Oxford Companion to Cheese.
Our Facebook Cheese Study 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 hereand 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.