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The many shapes of cheese

HillJ Apr 16, 2013 06:57 PM

Is there a particular rule and/or reason for how cheese is shaped? As I am buying and learning about cheese I see squares, bells, tomme shape, wheels, rounds, logs and all sorts of different wraps.

I'm sure this is a loaded question, but I would like to further understand how the actual shape of a particular cheese is decided. TIA.


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    HillJ RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 05:44 AM


    Shape has a role in taste, pungency and bloom!

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      HillJ RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 05:48 AM

      Why chevre pyramids?


      1. jpr54_1 RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 08:02 AM

        I enjoyed reading the 2 links

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          HillJ RE: HillJ Apr 18, 2013 05:41 AM


          nice source for shaping molds. I use the ricotta basket quite often.

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            INDIANRIVERFL RE: HillJ Apr 22, 2013 11:31 AM

            It is not a true domestic cheddar unless it is in the shape of Wisconsin. Or a cow.

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              HillJ RE: INDIANRIVERFL Apr 22, 2013 12:25 PM

              I'll keep that in mind :)

            2. grampart RE: HillJ Apr 22, 2013 12:41 PM

              On a family trip to Poland a few years ago, we visited the mountain village of Zakopane where we found many cheese vendors selling these beautiful specimens. Smoked and in many different shapes, they made me suspend my better judgement when it comes to "weird" cheese and give it a try. Let's just say it looked WAY better than it tasted, although I'm sure the many CheeseHounds here would have deemed it amazing. Here's a sample photo.

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                HillJ RE: grampart Apr 22, 2013 12:46 PM

                The shaping is so interesting (sorry to learn the cheese wasn't) but thank you for sharing the photo!

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