Is All Cheese Made from Mold?

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Is All Cheese Made from Mold?

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Cheese is made of mold.Is All Cheese Made from Mold

Truth and Fiction. For this one, we got in touch with Simon Lehrer, cheesemonger at The Wine Vendor, and a human encyclopedia of all things cheese.

His solution: Sort of. “The cheese is made from milk, yet after that mold and mildew can set up either outside (like on any of the white cheeses that you see such as Brie or Camembert, that flowering white peel is mold and mildew) or on the inside (when you see the little bits of blue in blue cheese, that’s mold also). Nonetheless, the majority of cheeses do not have mold, and of those that do, it’s much less than 10% of the cheese.”

 

What causes mold in cheese?

In the case of fine cheeses, such as the aforementioned Gorgonzola, the mold is on purpose: the fungi (Penicillium roqueforti) are added to the cheese’s milk so that, when proliferating through the food, they can add more flavor to the product. These fungi are selected and are not harmful to your health, so you can eat freely.

How is moldy cheese made?

Traditionally, the mold is allowed to develop in a special bread, which is then dried and reduced to powder and mixed with curds, during the cheese- making process . After removing the whey, the curd is placed in molds, with no or light pressing.