Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A white blue cheese

This cheese sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland: a white blue. I found it in the Co-op under their slightly annoying 'truly irresistible' label which includes products that are perfectly OK but not that exceptional.

It comes from Butlers Cheese in Lancashire whose normal blue is the orange coloured Blacksticks Blue, a pleasant mellow cheese similar to a Shropshire Blue. The Blacksticks White is similarly buttery but has rather more bite. At £2.19 a 150g pack it's more expensive than basic supermarket Stilton and to be honest no better.

It would be good - and this is really damning it with faint praise - for cooking, say, a blue cheese sauce or dressing or in a salad or a quiche. In fact I might very well do that.

It is vegetarian though and - good for the Co-op - uses GM free rennet though I'm not sure how widespread the use of GM rennet is.



James said...

This might be the same problem as the cut portions of Blacksticks Blue - the pre packaged supermarket portions are dryer and harder in comparison to the whole cheese. The whole one is much moister, has much more life and zing - probably best to go to a specialist cheese shop.

goodshoeday said...

I had the Blacksticks Blue in a take on a Waldorf Salad at Warwick Dodds restaurant the Hastings in Lytham at the weekend. It was really good the blue being tangy enough without overwhelming the other components. so you are right about one of the ways to use it.
Blacksticks do a sheep and a goat blue cheese as well, I've got some of the former to taste in my Lancashire cheese board experiment.

Fiona Beckett said...

Agree - that's always the way, James. I always try and buy from independent shops but know a lot of people pick up cheese when they're in the supermarket so it's occasionally worth running them through their paces.

Your Lancashire cheeseboard experiment sounds interesting Linda. Tell me more!