Unpasteurized Cow Milk
Many consider this the best blue cheese in the world (which might explain all the awards it has won) and here is an opportunity to get some in bulk at a discounted price. This is half of the entire wheel of Bayley Hazen - a blue cheese lover's dream!
Store in the refrigerator
Bayley Hazen Blue has a grassy, toasted-nut with a hint of anise flavor and a fudge-like texture. The paste is dense and creamy with well-distributed blue veins throughout. This blue cheese is not as pungent and strongly flavored as the European blue cheeses which makes it much more pleasant to have with other cheeses before a meal.
Ayrshire milk is particularly well suited to cheese making because of its small fat globules, which are easily broken down during the aging process. The paste of this blue is drier than most and the p. roqueforti culture has an array of flavors. It is aged between 3 and 4 months.
Jasper Hill Farm, located in the Northeast Kingdom, has a small herd of Ayrshires that are quite spoiled. The cows go out on a fresh piece of pasture after every milking during the spring, summer and fall and are fed a ration of dry hay through the winter, when they stay in avoiding harsh winter wind and snow and listen to a great selection of jazz and classical music. These healthy, happy cows are taken care of by Andy Kehler, who has worked with his brother Mateo Kehler since 1998 making superior cheeses.
While raw milk is used for this cheese, the cooking and aging process of cheese making substitutes for pasturization.