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Mutiny on the Dairy

Having just been to the Borough and Neal’s Yard, cheers to Slow Food for this bit of history on Stilton/Stichelton and the rightful return of raw milk blues…

1989 was a bleak year for Stilton. The illustrious English blue-veined cheese was accused as the culprit of a food poisoning scare that sickened several people whose Christmas tables it had graced. Fears that pathogens lurking in the raw-milk cheese were to blame triggered a knee-jerk decision that from then on, all Stilton would be made with pasteurized milk. The creamy blue was never proven to be cause of the outbreak, but it was too late. Production guidelines were rewritten, new equipment bought and methods changed. The centuries-old cheese as it has always been made ceased to exist.

Christmas, 15 years later: talented cheesemaker Joe Schneider and affineur and British cheese advocate Randolph Hodgson meet for a pint at London’s Borough Market one chilly evening. Hodgson propositions Schneider with an audacious plan: to bring back raw-milk Stilton from the grave.

via Mutiny on the Dairy | Food For Thought | Slow Food International – Good, Clean and Fair food..

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One comment on “Mutiny on the Dairy

  1. Stilton… no blue cheese touches it, although there are very many that I love!

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