You can spend a lot of money on cheese or more modest amounts. Experts can tell the difference. Whichever, whatever, I love the stuff, since I was first exposed to different cheeses aged 8. I've had a good bit to say about cheese on The Blob
- Why Limburger smells of feet - it's the Brevibacterium linens silly.
- Grandfather's pumpernickle, red onion and Limburger sandwich.
- Modern commercial variety
- Kids give it a go: "Did someone fart in your mouth?"
- Cheese rind is well safe. But not the wax on Gouda, y'dork!
- Cabrales is wrapped in leaves.
- How to make Jarlsberg.
- Silke Cropp makes Corleggy cheese in Co Cavan. When we lived in Dublin 20+ years ago, Silke would bring her amazing cheeses to the Dublin Food Co-op and I'd buy a slab, or even a whole kilo at £8.50, every time I was there.
- Mini-documentary on Alpine cheesemaking and dairying.
contamination scare happened in the run up to Christmas 2014 with toffee apples [L for cases map]. The problem with apples is that the Listeria can lodge in the holes at each end. But that's okay because most people [self is excepted because I eat apples pips and allll] leave the 'core'. The toffee-apple case was unfortunate because driving the stick up the apple's oompah transferred the Listeria to the anaerobic interior of the fruit, where it grew anaerobically. But most of the outbreaks of listeriosis recorded by the CDC in the last ten years have been caused by cheeses of various sorts. A useful graphic for the process of determining which puka-puka people are part of the same event.
Listeriosis could be a case study from Risk Assessment. This is the idea where you have balance the likelihood of an event and its severity to decide what sorts of events are worth preparing for or acting to avoid. Risk is usually defined as the product of the likelihood and the severity. Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of food is common but 'case fatality rate' is only 1% while Listeria is much rarer but 25% of contractees seem to die. This is why health professionals talk large about Listeria. But the talk is always in the context of small babies (and late stage pregnant mothers; the elderly and those who are immuno-suppressed including those with AIDS and those who've had a hearth, liver or kidney transplant. That's because the rest of us has an immune system which can duff up Listeria before it gets started and that's why Listeriosis is rare.
Listeria is also a problem because of the wide range of temperature at which is grows. It is happy to go forth and multiply at 37oC but will also grow and divide at 4oC. That's what your fridge is set to! Cooling food and left-overs is a really effective strategy for slowing the growth of E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. But cold-loving 'psychrophiles' like Listeria and Pseudomonas won't be bothered by the chill. It would be stupid to throw up your hands and say "Why bother with a fridge?" because that controls the growth of the vast majority of food spoilage microbes.