Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 487: Cheeses for a Car Ride

Planning on going on any road trips this summer? Getting in your car to get out of town to the beach, the mountains, to visit friends or family, or even just a little jaunt out of town?

Wondering what sort of cheeses are the best to bring on long car rides?
Forget those stinky washed rind cheeses like Epoisses or Taleggio's, those will perfume the car to the point of unpleasantness. Don't get me wrong, I love washed rind cheeses but certainly not on long car rides.

Also not the best are soft, young creamy cheeses. Granted they will be delish, they will not only be hard to eat and enjoy but they will be quite a mess and have the potentiality to smell as well because of their youth.

I recommend a nice firm cow or goat's milk cheese, one that has been aged for at least a few months to a year, maybe like Midnight Moon or a Tomme de Chevre for example. As these cheeses warm up and are in your bag in the car, their flavor profiles open up and distinct nuances come to the forefront.

You might be wondering why I didn't suggest a sheep's milk cheese is because it too has the propensity to start smell when out of the fridge.

So next time you plan on hopping in the car, grab a nice aged cow or goat's milk firm cheese. It will be good out of the fridge for eight hours at least.

Enjoy your next car trip!

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