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Simply French – The Brie Cheese

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Like Camembert, Brie is from cow’s milk as well. Soft and ammonia hinted. I recommend for daily consumption this healthy cheese? Why? Let’s see.

Traditionally the cheese is cast manually at the maximum temperature (98.6 F) around Brie de Meaux, east of Paris. Manufactures use “pelle brie” (perforated shovel) during the production. After finishing heat treatment Brie is salted with very dry salt. Fat content is 45%. Affinage between 4 and 8 weeks. If you consumed after this period you can be sick.

French Atlantic government certifies only not more than two types of Brie to be sold on officially under this name.

Oldest cheese which has been known since the ninth century: Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun.

Brie de Meaux (“Le Roi des Fromages”) has the sweetness one would expect from a top world’s cheese. Brie de Meaux delivers a very soft combination of hazelnut and fruit aromas. Small dairies have taken over production Brie de Melun while preserving the old farm traditions of production and ripening.

In the market you can find also herb-ed or triple Bries like Brie de Nangis which is a version of a different milk type.

Keep in a cool, aerated dark place with no drafts. Cover with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out. Place in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator, wrapped in parchment paper.

What you can expect? Brie has creamy center with a less tasty, edible rind. The older your brie the stronger its richness. But do not forget to consume on time.

Best to consume on room temperature. Before serving take off your refrigerator. After slicing eat with fruit or put it into a sandwich. Country bread is highly suggested. But in alone is fine as well.

As a part of a simple but demanding dining Brie can be paired with alcoholic beverages. Brie is a perfect match with Champagne. A red Bordeaux (Ch. Coufran Haut-Medoc) or Bourgogne is an excellent choice as well.

Even you can compliment the creamy cheese like Brie de Nangis with a dry white, like: Kiwi Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc

The better your cheese, the better your entertainment. Have some fine moments!

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