December Cave to Co-op: St. Albans from Vermont Creamery
Our Cave to Co-op cheese for December 2017 is St. Albans from Vermont Creamery, Websterville, Vermont.
A uniquely American take on the French St. Marcellin, St. Albans takes its name from the town of St. Albans, Vermont, and recalls the Creamery’s longstanding partnership with the St. Albans Co-operative Creamery, longtime producers of their high-quality cows’ milk. St. Albans is Vermont Creamery’s first non-GMO Certified cheese as well as their first cheese made with 100 percent cows’ milk.
Hand-shaped and aged for eleven days, these delicate cheese disks are packaged in sturdy ceramic crocks and wrapped in a breathable, perforated film. Even after packaging, St. Albans unique, wrinkled rinds continue to develop; the paste of the cheese becomes soft and spreadable, while the flavor becomes more robust. The crock serves as an ideal vessel for baking; warm St. Albans in the oven for a decadent, silky fondue and serve with sliced baguette or roasted fingerling potatoes.
St. Albans is a delicious cheese to share this holiday season, and a great way to support our region’s artisan cheese makers and co-operative farmers!
“Within it’s tender white rind, it’s pure satin with deep flavor.” —The New York Times, October 24, 2016
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