March 24, 2010 | |

Where to find Brie Cheese in Mumbai

Brie is a soft farmhouse cheese made of unpasteurised cow’s milk and is named after Brie, the French province in which it originated (the modern department of Seine-et-Marne). Brie is pale in colour and has a mouldy white rind (which is edible yet tasteless). Legend has it that the Emperor Charlemagne first tasted the cheese at a monastery in Reuil-en-Brie and fell in love with it. Brie quickly became known as the “King of Cheeses.” The common folk followed suit and Brie became a favourite of the people. Brie may be produced from whole or skimmed milk. The curd is obtained by adding rennet and heating the mixture to about 37 degree C. Rennet is a natural complex of enzymes produced in any mammalian stomach to digest the mother's milk. It contains a proteolytic enzyme (protease) that coagulates the milk, causing it to separate into solids (curds) and liquid (whey). (There are vegetarian rennet substitutes as well.) The cheese is then cast into molds. Each mold is filled with several thin layers of cheese and drained for about 18-20 hours. Following this procedure, the cheese is taken out of the mold and injected with cheese mould and aged in a cellar for at least a month. When properly cured, the center of the cheese will ooze as if it were heated.

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