Uplands Cheese. Rush Creek Reserve. Raw Cow Milk. Dodgeville, WI
From the Uplands Cheese Website: "Produced only in the fall, as the diet of our cows begins to change from summer pasture to the winter’s dry hay. This rich milk is perfect for a cheese like Rush Creek, so soft and decadent that it’s often referred to as savory custard. Each cheese is wrapped in spruce bark, which gives shape to the cheese and imparts a subtle woodsy flavor.
Before serving Rush Creek, bring the cheese to room temp or warm it gently in an oven. When using an oven, remove the paper wrapping and either wrap the cheese in tin foil or cover it in a ceramic crock. Place the cheese in a 250-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until the entire cheese becomes soft and warm.
Use a knife to cut around the perimeter of the cheese, just above the bark. Lift off the rind and scoop out the soft interior with a spoon. The rich, savory flavors are deep but delicate, and pair nicely with cured meats, roasted root vegetables and off-dry white wines. Storage and serving instructions are included with each order.
Each 12-ounce cheese is shipped with a sticker on its packaging, showing the date by which it should be eaten.
Natural blue molds on 2020 Rush Creek Reserve: Rush Creek Reserve’s natural rind has a mottled mix of white, blue and green cheese molds. These colorful molds are commonly found in blue cheese and other natural-rinded cheeses, and on Rush Creek their presence is a sign of a ripe cheese. As the cheese ages, these molds help soften the interior to its custard-like perfection. Peel off the top rind and enjoy!"