Enjoying a piece of Cabrales blue cheese can be one of the greatest pleasures there is. But to get that food on the table requires people to work hard, to get their boots dirty in the mud, and defy the future. Unique and valued foods that count for much more than what can be appreciated at first sight.
What is Cabrales cheese?
Deliart Cabrales Cheese is an exceptional artisan cheese originating from the mountains of Asturias, Spain. We recommend this cheese for people who enjoy stronger cheeses. It definitely has an acquired taste, but the cheese is so unique that it is worth it.
Where is the Deliart Cabrales Cheese made?
The secret is in the natural caves. Our Deliart cheese is produced in the quaint Asturian town of Sotres; tucked in between the mountains that make up the Picos de Europa which is a beautiful natural environment and a very high mountain range in Spain. This location is perfect because part of the cheese maturation process is done within the many caves of the mountains. Many people in this town have dedicated their life to the production of Cabrales cheese; just like our very own producer.
What is Cabrales Cheese made of?
Producing spanish blue cheese Cabrales has been a tradition for more than 200 years in this town. The process starts by using raw whole cow’s milk from the family cattle. They mature the cheese in natural caves in the mountain. The caves help to provide natural ventilation, maintain constant humidity, and keep the temperature consistent. The maturation process is slower, but it is worth it to achieve the perfect creaminess of the cheese. Our producer’s cheese-master discovered that caves located at 1,100 meters of altitude is an excellent place to mature the cheese. So, this is where she elaborates the cheese and takes great care of it to obtain a top-quality product.
A distinct quality of Cabrales cheese is that it is not pressed tightly into the molds; so this allows for some gaps. This is so the penicillium fungus can enter the gaps to give the cheese the specific color palette of blues and greens that are dotted along the naturally ivory-white cheese paste.
Cabrales- a delicious bite despite the strong smell
Cabrales cheese has an intense and penetrating smell. Despite the strong initial aroma, it is pleasant and has some spicy notes to it. The cheese has a balanced yet intense taste. However, the intensity can vary based on the type of milk. The cheese also leaves a persistent aftertaste, but you can easily pair it with foods to balance the flavor.
What to eat with Cabrales cheese?
Traditionally, people enjoy Cabrales cheese with a piece of bread and pair it with something sweet, like quince paste or fig cake, to complement the flavor, along with a cider traditional to this region. We also recommend crumbling the cheese on salads, pizzas, pastas, French fries, meat, and desserts. This cheese can accompany many things, so it is all based on your preferences. In addition, the original cachopo incorporates Cabrales cheese. For example, the cheese master loves to enjoy Cabrales cheese with a simple slice of bread so that she can savor the flavor more.
Meet our Deliart cheese-master: long hours of work to make a top-quality cheese
We had the pleasure to sit down and talk with the cheese-master to further discuss the special qualities of this unique cheese and her background. She started to make Cabrales cheese at the early age of 14 since she comes from a family of shepherds and cheesemakers. She then left the town to complete her studies. This is where she met her husband who also comes from a family of cheesemakers and shepherds. After living outside of their town, they decided to go back to continue with the family tradition of making this amazing cheese.
Enjoying the whole process of cheese making
This has been rewarding for her because she enjoys the whole process of cheese making from working in the production room to form the cheese to immersing herself inside the natural caves where she can appreciate the aroma of the cheese. Her hard work shows because she puts great care and work to make sure the cheese is top-quality. The work involves cleaning the molds and washing the cheese with the water that falls from the stalactites in the cave. The cheese makers filter this very pure natural water and even drink it themselves! Every week, they brush off the molds and moisten them with water in the same natural cave where the cheese matures.
Sense of recognition for long hours of work
She especially loves when people enjoy her product which gives her a sense of recognition for her long hours of work. She works with her husband and they both put the dedication and care to make their artisan cheese the best and giving it the value that it deserves. They believe that without effort there is no reward. So, they put all their love and care into producing delicious Cabrales cheese for people to enjoy!
Enjoying a piece of Cabrales blue cheese can be one of the greatest pleasures there is. But to get that food on the table requires people to work hard, to get their boots dirty in the mud, and defy the future. These foods are unique and valued, offering much more than what one might appreciate at first sight.
Why Choose Our Deliart®, Cabrales Cheese?
When it comes to savoring the authentic taste of Cabrales cheese, not all options are created equal. At Deliart®, we pride ourselves on delivering a Cabrales cheese experience that stands out in both quality and flavor. Here’s why our cheese should be your top choice:
- Authenticity: Our Cabrales cheese is crafted following traditional methods. Ensuring you get the genuine taste of this Spanish delicacy.
- Quality Ingredients: We source only the finest milk and natural ingredients. Ensuring a product that is both rich in flavor and consistent in quality.
- Expertise: Our cheese-master has dedicated her life to perfecting the art of Cabrales cheese-making, ensuring that every bite you take is a testament to her skill and passion.
- Natural Maturation: Our cheese is matured in the natural caves of the Asturias, providing it with a unique flavor profile that can’t be replicated elsewhere.
- Commitment to Tradition: We honor the age-old traditions of Cabrales cheese-making, ensuring that the cheese you enjoy is as close to the original as possible.
If you love the thrill of trying new cheese, then you should check out our Deliart Cabrales cheese. We promise that you won’t be disappointed!
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