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Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an artisanal cheese made from raw cow's milk. Uplands Cheese Company adapted the old world techniques to produce a unique hand-crafted American cheese with an outstandingly delicious flavor.
Only a portion of the milk is used to make cheese and only the milk from the late spring period, when the pastures are at their best. This is a first decision toward an outstanding cheese with more varied and subtle flavors. In the final stage of the cheese making process the cheese is daily turned and washed with a brine solution and stays about 4 months in the aging room.
The result is Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a cheese that is compared with Beaufort, Gruy�re or Comt�; a cheese with a musty and mushroom flavor that is rather pungent and becomes creamier and milkier when reaching the center of the cheese; a complicated cheese.
Pleasant Ridge Reserve has been awarded numerous prices; and again in 2007 the Gallo Gold Medal Award for Best Artisanal Dairy Product, Best Washed Rind Cheese In the first American Cheesemaker Awards.
We cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of 1 pound and 8 ounces read more...