Brie de Meaux cheese
Brie de Meaux is a French AOP brie cheese of the Brie region, boasting an AOC since 1980. Its name comes from the Brie region and the town of Meaux. It is a cheese with cows' milk, soft dough rind, with an average weight of 2.8 kg with a diameter of 36 to 37 cm. Its rind is thin, fluffy white and dotted with red spots. The cheese is straw yellow, creamy and soft.
Its best tasting period lasts from April to September after a refining of 8 to 10 weeks. Its yellow straw pulp made at heart reveals a nutty flavour and a slight smell of fermentation. It is more refined, and quite strong.
The production territory of Brie de Meaux is limited to the departments of Seine-et-Marne, Loiret, Meuse, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne and the Yonne. Brie de Meaux is made with raw milk. It takes about 25 litres of milk to make a large cheese. The fermented milk is placed in a tank for 16 hours, and then put in bowl for curding which lasts one hour. It is then cut into small cubes with a slice-curd. Finally, it is moulded by hand by thin layers with a brie shovel. The temperature in the room where casting is made must be increased to 33 °C for four hours to evacuate the whey, then at 24 C for six hours and finally at 19 °C. It is then drained on mats made of reeds. The next day, the cheese is then salted and it will then remain in the curing room for two days. Then, the cheeses are placed in a room at 12 °C in which they will begin to be matured. The characteristic white will begin to appear. After one week, the cheese will be placed in another refrigerator at 7 °C. It must wait 3 weeks minimum, typically 6 to 8 weeks to reach full maturity. Throughout the ripening period, cheeses are routinely returned by hand. The time of manufacture of Brie de Meaux is two months.
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