Gubbeen Farmhouse Cheese
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|Source of milk||Cows|
|Weight||500–1,200 g (18–42 oz)|
Gubbeen Cheese is a surface ripened, semi-soft, cow's milk cheese with a pink and white rind. The flavours are creamy with mushroom and nutty aftertastes but vary depending on maturity of cheese. Gubbeen Farmhouse Products also produce a Smoked Gubbeen.
Gubbeen Cheese has been produced since 1979 by Tom and Giana Ferguson at the 100 hectares (250 acres) Gubbeen Farm in Schull, County Cork. The name "Gubbeen" is an anglicisation of the Irish word "Gobín" which means a small mouthful, and which a local nearby bay is referred to.
All milk used for the cheese comes from their own herd of dairy cows, which is a mixture of several breeds; British Friesian, Simmenthal, Jersey, and Kerry. The milk is stored in vats to which starter culture and rennet are added, causing the milk to set. This is then cut and stirred until the curds develop. The cheese is developed in curing rooms where the rind is washed daily. This is an important part of the process as the washing gives rise to the distinctive surface bloom and develops the characteristic flavours. The cheese develops deeper flavours as it matures.
Each cheese is 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter, 5 cm (2.0 in) in height, weighs 1,200 g (42 oz) and has a fat content of 48%. The cheese is also available as a mini-truckle weighing 400 g.
Gubbeen cheese has been the recipient of numerous awards, both nationally and internationally. Here is a selection of some recent awards:
- 2011 Silver Medal in the Irish Cheese Awards for semi-soft cheese
- 2010 Gold Medal at the British Cheese Awards for semi-soft cheese
- 2016 Gold Medal at the British Cheese Awards for Rind washed cheese
- 2016 Gold Medal at the British Cheese Awards for Mature smoked Gubbeen
- CAIS Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Association
- Bord Bia Irish Farmstead Cheese
- Microbacterium gubbeenense sp. nov., from the surface of a smear-ripened cheese
- List of 2011 Irish Cheese Award winners
- List of 2010 British Cheese Award winners
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