Look out, I don’t want to raise a stink but I’m going to go all cheesy on you, moldy cheesy to be exact. Today is an important day. Today is the day that the world celebrates all cheeses that are made intentionally with mold. You know the ones, the tasty ones that get their distinct character and taste from being a little rotten like me. Yes, it’s that mold that makes all the difference.
There are different kinds of mold in cheese, Penicillumroqueforti or Penicillum glaucum are what causes that lovely bluish-green hue in blue cheese which is why the Romans used blue cheese as an antibiotic in their wounds. Of course cheese has been around a lot longer than the Romans were. It was made before 6000 BC, so it’s been smelling the place out for quite a while.
The French (say cheese all you Frenchies) are probably the most cheesy nation on Earth and have more varieties of cheese than any other county in the world. Every adult in
about a pound of cheese a week, which could explain why they make a lot of perfume
too. The Greeks beat the French though and eat about 63 pounds of cheese a year
per person, much of it made from sheep and goat’s milk which apparently counts.
It isn’t just cakes you know, the
makes some exceedingly good cheese too and along with our traditional varieties
like Cheddar, Cheshire
and Leicestershire, new varieties are being made by craft cheesemakers all the
time. Of course it’s the United States who are (as with everything) the really big
cheese producing more cheese that any other nation on earth, which is
surprising given that their cheeses (including that awful processed substance
called American or Government cheese) are so very, very, bad. The Americans
favourite cheese is Mozzarella and it usually comes on top of a three foot wide
I expect we’ve all had some moldy cheese at the back of our fridge at one time or another. Another aspect of Moldy Cheese Day is a reminder to check your fridge for that ball of Mozzarella that is decomposing in its packet floating in a cheesy watery grave. But if you do find some moldy cheese you don’t necessarily need to throw it away. Soft cheeses like cottage cheese, cream cheese and ricotta cheese, with mold should always be binned. The same goes for any kind of cheese that's shredded, crumbled or sliced. But mold generally can't penetrate far into hard and semisoft cheeses, like cheddar, Parmesan and
So it’s fine to cut away the moldy part and eat the rest of the cheese. I’ve
been doing this for years, but don’t tell my family or I’ll never get