Cornish Blue is an award-winning type of blue cheese from Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is made by the Cornish Cheese Company at Upton Cross. Cornish Blue Cheese is a truly artisan hand made cheese, produced from milk supplied by the Stansfield’s family farm. This lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor near Liskeard in Cornwall. The cheese is, therefore, a vegetarian, hand-made, pasteurised, cow’s milk cheese. The flavour is very soft, mellow and sweet. As a handmade product, the skill in producing the cheeses lies with a highly trained team of artisan cheesemakers.
Cornish Blue is dry salted by hand before being left to mature for between 12 and 14 weeks. The blue veins are made by piercing the cheeses each week with stainless steel rods. This, therefore, allows them to air thus helping the blue mould spread throughout.
Serving Cornish Blue
Designed to be eaten as a young cheese, it is a very different product from traditional English blue cheeses. Its flavour is mild and creamy, with a dense texture and buttery richness, instead of the ‘salty tang’ common of other traditional blue cheeses it has a gentle sweetness. Best enjoyed at room temperature, Cornish Blue Cheese is a great addition to any cheese board, simply enjoyed on crusty bread or a cracker with chutney a glass of port. It’s a versatile cheese and the sweet mild flavour is similarly the perfect complement to many recipes and sauces.
Cornish Blue Cheese History
Cornish Blue has been produced on the Stansfield’s Farm on Bodmin Moor since 2001. At that time milk prices had collapsed and dairy farmers were facing a struggle to survive. Because of need for a new revenue stream Phillip and Carol Stansfield starting thinking about making cheese. They noticed that there was no blue cheese being made in Cornwall. Phillip enrolled on a cheesemaking course at Cheshire College of Agriculture. He turned a former bottling plant at the end of the milking parlour into a cheese production facility. Therefore Cornish Blue was on its way.
“With milk prices down to around 15p per litre we had to find a way of generating a different income stream. We did about two years of research through the MDC, British Cheese Board and DEFRA, and the first thing we noticed was that there was no blue cheese being made in Cornwall. We decided we didn’t want to compete with Stilton and when we looked at softer, milder blue cheeses, we discovered they were all imported. It was clear that there was a gap in the market for a British made milder blue cheese and we already had a name for it – Cornish Blue”
Cornish Blue Cheese has been internationally recognised by the many awards. For instance, Gold in the British Cheese Awards 2004, Best Blue & Best English Cheese 2007, Royal Bath & West Supreme Champion Cheese 2010. It was recognised in December 2010 as the winning cheese in the World Cheese Awards ahead of 2600 other entries from 26 countries.
More Cornish Cheeses at Sagebury Fine Foods of Frome, Somerset