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Perrystead Dairy Intergalactic

Perrystead Dairy Intergalactic cheese
Perrystead Dairy Intergalactic
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  • Pasteurized
  • Vegetarian Rennet
  • Age: 14 Days
  • Cow Milk
  • by Perrystead Dairy
  • United States
  • Approachable
  • Soft

When it comes to bloomy cheeses, Intergalactic is in a galaxy all its own. Perrystead Dairy brings Portugal to Philly, using thistle rennet to give their flagship cheese its green olive notes. Those mingle with the tang of fresh milk and a yeasty, baked-bread flavor. Expect an out-of-this-world texture in each little cube, with the soft, wrinkled rind yielding to a gooey creamline and fluffy center. With just a touch of funk, it plays well with the floral notes of Akron Honey’s Hibiscus Honey.

“This is such a unique cheese. I like to enjoy with Sidehill Farm Raspberry Jam, on top of a bite size cracker.”
Murray’s Merchandising – New York, NY
Cultured Cow's Milk, Cardoon Thistle Rennet, Salt

Allergens: Milk

  • The name Intergalactic is a play on the wide range of techniques used to make this cheese—interdisciplinary meets lactic.
  • Using rennet from the cardoon thistle, a relative of the artichoke, to coagulate the milk (rather than animal rennet) is a hallmark of Portuguese and Spanish cheesemaking. Thistle rennet cheeses typically have a distinct tangy, vegetal flavor.
  • Intergalactic is fairly unique in being an American-made thistle rennet cheese, as well as a thistle rennet cheese made with cow’s milk (they’re traditionally made with sheep’s or goat’s milk).
  • Fourteen days of aging allows Intergalactic to develop its incredible three-layer texture, with a thin, delicate rind, gooey creamline that grows more pronounced with age, and fluffy, smooth center.
  • Cheeses with wrinkled, brainy rinds like Intergalactic are known as geo rind cheeses because the rind is formed by the yeast-like fungus geotrichum candidum.
  • Intergalactic is perfect for someone who wants to dip their toe into the world of funky cheeses. It has more complexity than a typical cow’s milk, bloomy rind cheese, but is still very approachable.
  • Each cube of Intergalactic comes in a wooden box, which both protects the delicate rind and serves as a vessel for baking.
  • Perrystead Dairy is an urban micro-creamery based in Philadelphia with a focus on innovative, artisanal products.
  • It was started by Yoav Perry, who brings more than a decade of cheese experience to the business, with a strong knowledge of enzymes, bacterial cultures, and aging methods.
  • Rather than make versions of well-known cheeses, Yoav is committed to creating all-new, original American cheeses using traditional techniques.
  • Perrystead crafts their cheeses with milk from small Pennsylvania family farms, specifically those that let their animals roam free to feed on grasses and practice regenerative land management.
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