Never has there been a more controversial cheese category! Beloved by many, the smelly cheese world is as vast as it is delicious. Cheese lovers will salivate at the sight (and smell) of a pungent cheese wheel, as they know that inside lies a creamy and rich pate, full of nutty and woodsy flavors. Because the stinky cheese category is very varied, you’ll find many different types of cheeses here – like famous Epoisses, Pont L’Eveque, and many other favorites. So don’t be timid and discover this incredibly delicious style of cheese!
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Abouy Smelly Cheese
In general, many cheeses have a distinct aroma or odor, especially as they age, but stinky cheese is a very unofficial phrase that’s used to encompass the more precise “washed rind” category. These are cheeses that ripen from the outside in, thanks to a rind that’s washed with in brine (a saltwater bath), which favors the formation of a bacteria called b. linens. While bacteria is not something one generally wants on their food, in this case, this inhibits mold growth and favors the ripening of the cheese and its rich canvass of flavors. It also, you guessed it, makes the cheese smelly.
This washing of the rind often develops into an orange color, so many stinky cheeses you'll find have an orange rind. Neither the color nor the smell of washed rind cheeses really permeates into the cheese itself, which means stinky cheeses are generally white, with mild flavors with rich nutty notes.
Types of Stinky Cheese
Some of the most famously stinky cheeses are also the most popular ones – camembert being the most well-known. Italian Taleggio is another prime example, while the English “Stinking Bishop” is well known for its odoriferous nature. All in all, the stinky cheeses vary in flavor, but generally are earthy, mellow and creamy inside, and well-worth a little nose wrinkling.
If you’re looking buy stinky cheese online, Gourmet Food Store is your one-stop-shop for smelly and delicious cheese!