The beautiful and creamy Oregon Blue Vein from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR has dozens of tiny holes dotting its top and bottom. The reason for these holes leads back to an important step in the blue cheese aging process called "needling" or "blueing". When a cheesemaker makes a blue cheese, she adds a type of penicillium mold spores during the cheesemaking process. When it comes time to age the cheese, the wheel is punctured in several places in order to allow oxygen to enter the cheese. This needling is a crucial step because the "blue" mold requires air to grow and develop the delicious flavor that we associate with blue cheese.
The veins in the Oregon Blue Vein are most evident along the vertical holes that were added during the blueing process.
This cheese is a semi-soft blue. It is incredibly creamy with a hint of fruit and a nice long finish. Made from raw cow's milk.
Come by SJI Cheese and take a look, a smell and a taste of Oregon Blue Vein. You'll be happy you did.