It just so happened that one of my local purveyors of fine cheese announced the arrival of some American cheese. From no less than Jasper Hill Farm. This is a rare occasion worth celebrating. Being a European we have more than enough cheese to dig into, but then there are some artisan American cheeses that really is worth savoring.
I think most Europeans are pretty ignorant when it comes to American cheese. All the more important that we get introduced to some of the real gems. Philadelphia is the most famous American cheese around here. American brand rather, just as the Jarlsberg is more of a Norwegian brand, a strong one though, than a Norwegian cheese.
Cellars of Jasper Hill
Direct from Greensboro, Vermont, USA there came Bayley Hazen Blue and Harbison. The first from unpasteurized cows milk, and a cheese that truly belongs to this blog. Te other one, Harbson, from pasteurized cows milk, and as such not really something I deal a lot with. But alas, it is a good one.
No need to exclude it, taste is more important then anything, in my opinion at least. And this is a good cheese.
Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
Having said that though, this saturday is Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day. 18th April that is. Make it an opportunity to savor some unpasteurized cheese, of any kind really. Well, not all my readers have that opportunity, but still there are possibilities. Se your local cheesemonger, they will help you out.