ARTISANAL SEMI-HARD SMELLY SPICY CHEESE – smear-ripened & wet matured – HAND MADE FROM DAILY FRESH HAY-MILK
In German language called Rässkäse – nassgereift.
Discover a completely new cheese creation and taste explosion from our master cheesemaker. The wet smeared semi-hard cheese is a naturally ripened cheese made from fresh hay-milk with extreme spiciness and extreme cheese odor.
Here you can almost say: “If it is too strong, then you are too weak”.
The cheese has a white-smeared surface – not a real rind. The strong smelly cheese dough consists of lots broken eye formations. The complex cheese taste is described as super intensiv. The smelly-spicy cheese wet is used, because of its very intense seasoning, in traditional dishes from the alps. In cheese production, the wet ripened cheese hardly differs from the dry ripened.
The wet matured difference: The cheese wheel is packed in foil after the saltwater brine bath and smear treatmend by the cheese master and stored in the maturing cave at approx. 14 °C. This creates a unique and very taste-intensive palate experience.
The unmistakable striking pungent aromas and flavors of smelly-spicy semi-hard cheese put them in a class of their own. While many cheeses may be considered stinky, most stinky cheeses originate in the family of smear-washed-rind cheeses.
Our wet-smear-ripened-smelly-cheese is treatened with solutions of bacteria or fungi (most commonly Brevibacterium linens, Debaryomyces hansenii or Geotrichum candidum). This treatment gives them a stronger flavor as the standard washed rind cheese process. Unlike blue cheeses, which ripen from the inside out, smear-washed-rind cheeses ripens from the outside in.
A smear-washed-ripened cheese matures through bacterial growth on its surface. Washing the cheese rind with special salty liquid prevents mold growth and encourages bacteria growth, causing chemical reactions within the cheese to create nutty, buttery, woodsy and complex flavors. Thanks to theese bacteria the very special “stinky” aromas originate are prduced on the cheese surface.
Semi-hard cheeses are evenly ripened cheeses with a firm, smooth consistency and small slit- or grain-shaped eyes, or a broken eye formation depending upon the breaking strength of the cheese.
The characteristic properties of the artisan alpine semi-hard cheeses are significantly influenced by the high-quality alpine raw milk (hay-milk), its ingredients and taste and consistency, and by the Vorarlberg alpine flora. This results in the special quality of the alpine semi hard cheese.
Cheese holes in wet smelly-spicy cheese
The wet artisan smelly cheese dough consists of lots of broken eye formations.
The wet smelly-spicy cheese rind
Typical white-smeared cheese rind by treatment with salt water and red smear bacteria.
Storage and maturation of wet smelly-spicy cheese
The wet smelly spicy cheese is stored for about 4 months in the cheese cave before being eaten with pleasure.
Indulgence classification of artisan smelly-spicy cheese – wet smear maturation
The peculiarity of this semi-hard smelly cheese is the extremely intense odor and taste. It unfolds its full aroma at room temperature.
Smelly cheese intensity (mild – spicy)
Smelly cheese consistency (soft – hard)
Smelly cheese mature duration (1 – 6 months)
Additional details about the smelly-spicy cheese – wet smear matured
Smelly-spicy cheese – wet ripened – quality characteristics
|Milk:||100% silo-free hay milk – drawed by hand|
|Type of cheese:||Semi hard cheese|
|Mature:||Lactic acid and / or fermentation ripening and surface maturation with red culture|
|Cheese flavors:||spicy, strong smell|
|Mature time:||at least 4 months|
|F.D.M.:||at least 35 %|
|Fat abs.:||approx. 25 %|
|Allergens:||No other allergenic potential except milk components|
|Rennet:||natural, animal rennet from cow|
How can you imagine a smelly-spicy cheese – wet aged?
|What makes the wet smelly cheese special – the cheese character?||Spicy, strong-smelling cheese that makes the heart of cheese lovers beat faster.|
|How does the wet smelly cheese taste?||Spicy, spicy to spicy – depending on age.|
|How is the haptic – how is the cheese dough consistency?||Less supple to slightly friable cheese dough.|
|How is the colour of the cheese?||Whitish to yellowish dough, very seasonally dependent|
|How does the cheesecake smell?||Spicy, strong smell due to the intensive ripening and the strong red smear formation.|
|How does the chees holes look like?||Lots of broken small cheese holes|
|How is the cheese best enjoyed? The best cheese enjoyment||
Proper storage of wet smelly-spicy cheese
If you want to store large pieces or a whole wet smelly cheese wheel more than 2-3 weeks, we recommend the use of a tea towel. To do this, take a clean tea towel, soak it in salted water (just add a little salt), squeeze it out and wrap the cheese with the damp cloth. Ideally, this process is repeated every 2-3 days.
If the cheese turns white or stains it is usually the salt or protein that crystallizes due to the temperature difference. These places are easy to rub off.
The use of aluminum foil is possible (but we advise against it) if it is supplemented with many small holes because of the air supply.