A French Cheesemaker Re-evaluates Camembert

An article in the NY Times describes a re-evaluation of Camembert, including the use of pasteurized milk (which contradicts the AOC standard for Camembert labeled cheeses). Hervé Mons now sells a Camembert style of cheese made in France that adds less culture, drains the curds more, and ages/ships the wrapped cheeses at low temperatures to draw out the time before it starts to get soft. M. Mons was interviewed at Slow Food’s bi-annual cheese festival by food science expert and occasional NY Times food columnist Harold McGee. Mons described his ‘new’ method for making Camembert, which sounds quite a bit like efforts being pioneered here in the US at Oregon State University.

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