Once a luxury item, Brie is now readily available, yet not all Brie is created equal! What we look for when choosing Brie to offer in our stores is that it is made with high-quality milk. We source the best so that we can bring the best to you.
Brie is classiﬁed as a "bloomy rind, soft-ripened cheese," which indicates that it ripens from the rind inward, forming a thin white skin with that velvety "bloom." When perfectly ripe, it should be creamy and ﬂavorful, not runny or pungent. It should bulge slightly when cut but not collapse or pull away from the rind. Overripe Brie has an ammoniac aroma and bitter ﬂavor; underripe Brie has a chalky interior and virtually no ﬂavor.
Types of Brie
At our cheese counter, you will notice that there are many different styles of Brie. Beyond the perfect "plain and simple", you may want to try one infused with herbs, fruit or mushrooms. There are even blue and goat's milk varieties!
And if you like the taste of brie, you might consider a trying a wheel of Camembert. It has a similar texture, but with a more mushroom-like, herbacious ﬂavor.
A wheel of Brie is a quintessential party food due to its unmatched ﬂavor, impressive appearance and elegant reputation, but you will enjoy it all the more if you take the chill off. Be sure to remove the cheese from the refrigerator approximately 30–45 minutes before serving to experience its full ﬂavor and rich texture.
Though Brie is pure heaven on its own or as part of a cheese course, it takes on an equally delightful character when heated. Try it inside a grilled sandwich, barely melted on baguette rounds or wrapped in puff pastry and ﬂavor intended to complement its sweet, creamy interior.
A super supper in a bowl!