Cheese of the Day: April 6 – Reading Raclette – Marcella, the Cheesemonger ACS CCP
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Cheese of the Day: April 6 – Reading Raclette

ACS CCP® Erin Clancy presents Washed Rind Thursday!

Today we are learning about Reading Raclette.

Reading is a raw cow’s milk cheese made in Reading, VT on a farm that teaches urban youth new dimensions of learning as academics are integrated into everyday farm activities that practice and teach sustainability (Farms for City Kids).

This farm is called Spring Brook Farm. The farm is home to 100 Jersey Cows and the 42 milking cows produce over 600,000 lbs. of milk each year.

Reading is an awesome American rendition of a Swiss classic! It’s about a 20lb wheel, washed in a brine, staying pretty true to the traditional way of making raclette. Its rind is mildly aromatic and the paste is creamy in texture that is perfect for melting. The earthy, nutty, grassy, hay-like flavors come from the amazing milk.

Reading is made with Jersey milk from partner farms in nearby Vermont towns. The milk must be produced by Jersey cows, who are fed only pasture grass, dry hay and some grain.

Enjoy melted over potatoes with cornichon, pickled onions and veggies, and mustard! Great with cured meats, melted on toast, on a turkey sandwich, with apples. The possibilities are endless! Drink a nice dry white wine, Belgian beers, Ambers, Pale Ales, or as Pastoral recommends, Beaujolais Villages. It’s such a food and drink friendly cheese you can pair with most things!

Reading has won a ton of awards! You can see the whole list here:

http://farmsforcitykids.org/about-our-cheese/cheese-awards/

https://culturecheesemag.com/cheese-library/Reading-
https://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/library-of-cheese/reading
https://www.cheeserank.com/post/reading-raclette

THIS JUST IN: THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF SO MANY IN OUR CHEESE COMMUNITY, OUR FIRST ACS CCP EXAM® HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED!! Plus we are 50% toward funding a second scholarship for an ACS CCP® to attend the ACS Conference in Denver.

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.  

Applications must be submitted by 5pm April 15th.

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