Happy Holidays from Hillsborough Cheese Company! It’s about time to curl up in front of the fire and enjoy some delicious …cheese! This fall, we have been experimenting with some new ideas, one of which we are bringing to market starting November 21: shredded mozzarella! We took our amazingly delicious, hand-stretched, fresh mozzarella and grated it for all the pizza lovers out there (it goes with more than just pizza! We like to eat it by the handful!). Same great taste, except now it’s ready to jump right into your favorite dish. It freezes well, and keeps just fine in the fridge for a couple of weeks (not that it ever lasts that long!). Don’t worry, we’ll still have our mozzarella in the traditional shape. We’d really love to know what you think, so swing by and give it a test run! Stay warm!
After a long winter break, our goat milk is flowing again! Look for more goat cheeses at market in the coming weeks. We have a new cow/goat Feta we are excited to share, as well as the return of our versions of goat Gouda and Manchego. Most of all, we are super excited about the return of our insanely delicious Bloomin’ Sweet Ash! We got a few batches started a couple of weeks ago and hope to have it available in abundance for the rest of the year, starting in the next week or so. If you haven’t tasted it yet, you are truly missing something special! Come visit us at market for a sample! Here are a couple of photos of just molded Sweet Ash, awaiting the ashing stage, then the growth of their white, bloomy rind. YUM!!
In the second year of the North Carolina State Fair’s Cheese Competition, we entered five cheeses with high hopes. After waiting with bated breath for a over a week since the fair began (we couldn’t make it to the fair to check ourselves!), we finally found out that two of our cheeses won medals! We won a silver medal for our fresh Mozzarella and we won another silver medal for our Spicy Pimento Goat Cheese. We couldn’t be happier (OK, well, gold would have been nice, but there’s always next year)! There were a total of 95 cheeses from 23 cheese makers from NC, Texas, Maine, Tennessee and even Australia, so competition was pretty stiff. The panel of five judges was exceptionally tough on all the entries, awarding only three gold medals among all the cheeses entered (two for hard cheeses and one for unflavored chevre). We are extremely lucky to be able to do something we love, and getting a little pat on the back feels so good! But, we never could do it without all of our awesome customers and fans! Thanks to all of you for all of your tasting, comments and support; you helped make it happen! Next year, we’re going for the gold!
Portioning some Jalapeño Chevre for market
Our figs are coming in strong!
We stretch our fresh mozzarella by hand every week.
All photos taken with Instagram.
The American Cheese Society has a great new video about the chemistry behind the process of cheese making. Check it out:
We have a few fig trees next to the cheese kitchen and in the past couple of weeks they have just exploded with juicy, ripe Brown Turkey Figs. Its all we can do to keep with the picking! For those of you who’ve bought fresh figs before you know how quickly they can spoil, so in addition to selling fresh-picked figs at our farmers’ markets we’ve begun to extend our fig harvest by making a seasonal fig chevre. This is a wonderfully sweet and delicious chevre that is perfect on crackers or would even make an excellent substitute for cream cheese in a cheesecake. You can find it at market the next few weeks, and come early because we almost always sell out!
The June 22, 2011 Dish! issue of the Independent Weekly was all about cheese, and they sent some folks out to film a day in the life of Hillsborough Cheese Company. Check out this video for some behind-the-scenes insight into how we get our cheese to you, and why we do what we do.
Making Cheese from Independent Weekly on Vimeo.