Cheese of the Week: Deer Creek Blue Jay
The Blue Jay image by Deer Creek Cheese via their website.
Deer Creek's the Blue Jay is a juniper berry infused quintuple crème blue cheese. This unique blue cheese is made using a recipe in which five ten-gallon cans of cream are added to each vat, along with freshly crushed juniper berries infused throughout to complement the Blue Jay's botanical essence. The result is amazingly fresh to the palate, bold, yet utterly creamy Blue with a soft piney bouquet that effortlessly blooms into your mouth.
Personally, I love melting my Blue Jay cheese onto a thick New York Strip with a glass of Pinot!
According to Deer Creek's website here, this cheese is so excellent it has many different delicious pairing options! I'm inspired to try the Blue Jay with honey green tea, fresh bread and pears.
Quick fact, Deer Creek's the Blue Jay was a gold winner for Blue Veined Cheese at L.A International Dairy Competition 2018.
Photo by Igourmet website
This dairy company is known for their rich in character collection of handmade artisan cheeses, their whimsical labels, unique stories, and award winning flavors!
The Blue Jay cheese is part of a collection called the "animal series". This collection began in 2009, the inspiration for their cast of characters came from Founder Chris Gentine's beloved little boy storybook, The Golden Story book of River Bend, written by Patricia Scarry. What started as a whim, grew year by year into a unique assembly of some of the most highly awarded cheeses in Wisconsin.
Take a browse through their website here, to explore the decadent cheeses and their characters!
Here's the kicker with this dairy company, they take part in the 1% for the Planet network! This network is global, over 3,000 individuals, organizations, and companies that are striving to make a difference and protect the future of our planet by donating 1% of their profits back to the environment. Business companies cannot fully avoid impacting the environment, but they can try their best to be aware and embrace sustainable practices! Deer Creek understands how important that concept is and continuously discovers ways they can mindfully operate their business and help protect the planet.