Organic Cow Milk with an Ashed, Bloomy Rind
Champlain Valley Creamery, Middlebury, VT
Carleton Yoder, Cheesemaker
With a graduate degree in Food Science and a background in wine making, Carleton Yoder moved to Vermont in the late 1990s to make hard apple cider. Today, he finds himself in Middlebury making award-wining cheese that is produced using traditional recipes and methods. The milk for Champlain Valley Creamery cheese comes from a single herd of crossbred Jersey and Holstein organic cows in nearby Bridport, Vermont.
Carleton produces an Organic Triple Cream, Old Fashioned Cream Cheese and recently, Pyramid Scheme, which is a yummy truncated pyramid with a vegetable-ash covered bloomy rind. Similar to Triple Cream, Pyramid Scheme is dense and fudgy with the milky sweetness of fresh Vermont organic cow milk and the added complexity of a tiny tang on the finish.
The vegetable ash gives Pyramid Scheme not only its distinct look but also helps to neutralize the acidity, aids in the ripening process and produces a especially sweet and creamy cheese.
Pyramid Scheme is best eaten on its own, with a bit of bread and perhaps a drizzle of honey or your favorite jam. If cook with it you must, we suggest topping a pizza, making paninis, crumbling some on top of your favorite pasta or melting it over grilled vegetables. For a beverage, Carleton himself suggests “sparkling wine, ciders, some fruit Belgian style ales . . . bubbles for scrubbing the butterfat!”
Enjoy the Spring!