Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Visit to Murray's Cheese Caves

We were invited by Google to have a tour of Murray's Cheese Caves on Bleeker Street. Did you know that Murray's makes their own cheeses?

Murray's Cheese Shop
 It's a very interesting process. From start to finish there are a few steps.
  • Collect milk from cows and goats. 
  • Heat the milk. An agent called rennet must be added to the milk which will cause the curds to separate from the whey. 
  • Cut and cook the curds. Drain and salt. 
  • This state is then molded and pressed into the shape of cheese needed. 
  • Dry the cheese and take to the cheese caves!
Compliance with sanitation and food safety first! Hairnets and lab coats.
Safety socks for shoes.
Cheese comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Burrata!
Cheese can get very stinky. Stinky cheese is kept in a separate part of the cave.
Like fine wine, cheese needs to age. It can take a few weeks, even months, to get the desired taste. This aging process can get very smelly and moldy. A cavemaster will have strict watch over the cheeses and do additional steps to preserve the cheese and get it to perfection.

The finished product.
There are many different styles of cheese to choose from. Sharp, mild, soft, crumbly, blue, stinky, the choice is yours to what tickles your fancy!

Pair cheese with nuts and dried fruit to enhance flavor.

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

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