WBEZ | camembert http://www.wbez.org/tags/camembert Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Challenge of Choosing a Cheese (illegal or not) http://www.wbez.org/dhammond/2010/02/the-challenge-of-choosing-a-cheese-illegal-or-not/15811 <p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Slices.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-15819" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 7px;" title="Slices" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Slices.jpg" alt="" width="490" height="367" /></a>It's a foodie article of faith that when it comes to younger cheeses, raw milk will always make a better cheese than pasteurized milk. To test that belief, I found a cheese-maker who agreed to prepare two pairs of camembert, using the same techniques and milk from the same cow: one would be made of raw and the other of pasteurized milk. After 30 days, I performed a taste test with foodies, chefs and some local cheese mongers to see if the differences were apparent; the results of the taste test can be <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/program_wv.aspx">heard on Worldview</a>, along with some insights into why it's illegal to sell raw milk cheese aged under 30 days -- and what we're missing by not having young raw milk cheese commercially available in the United States.<!--break--></p> During the production of this piece, my friend Michael Gebert videotaped the underground cheese-making process, and it can be viewed here and on <a href="http://skyfullofbacon.com/blog/?p=366" target="blank">skyfullofbacon.com</a>. Co-nominated for a James Beard Foundation multimedia award, Gebert's video blog documents the people and issues behind food in the Midwest. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="500" height="281" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8878034&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8878034&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> Singer songwriter James Farrell composed this cheese-appropriate tune, "Choosing a Cheese," which closes the Worldview segment. Check it out. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Choosing-a-Cheese-final.mp3">Choosing a Cheese (final)</a></p> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/dhammond/2010/02/the-challenge-of-choosing-a-cheese-illegal-or-not/15811