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Serious Cheese: Know Your Microbes

Cabrales, a cheese ripened with blue Penicillium molds. [Photograph: jlastras on Flickr] The magic that is cheese only really needs four ingredients to happen: milk, salt, rennet (or some other coagulant, as I discussed earlier), and microbes. Like everyone, I used to be vaguely aware that there were "good" bacteria and molds that grew on and in cheese, and that's where my interest ended. But there's a real variety of microbes that bring us the variety of cheeses we enjoy, and they're worth knowing about. I would be a bad scientist if I didn't mention that, since I am no microbiologist, if you want all the details, you should peruse the Wikipedia articles I'll link to or consult your... More

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