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Shropshire Blue

A smooth textured blue cheese with a rich, rounded flavour and distinctive blue veining through the russet interior.

£7.00 per 250g
Pasteurised Vegetarian Rennet Cow

Key Facts

  • CountryEngland
  • RegionNottinghamshire
  • FlavourRich and mellow
  • Type of MilkCow
  • PasteurisationPasteurised
  • Vegetarian RennetYes
  • OrganicNo

Store & Serve

All cut cheeses are cut to order and will have approximately 12 days shelf life on them from the date the order is despatched. Due to high demand, it is occasionally necessary for us to substitute items in orders for an alternative. We will always endeavour to choose an alternative, which is the most similar to the item you have selected and of equal or higher value for no additional charge.

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkPort Or Sweet White

Nutrition

  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk

Nutritional Information

  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1700
  • Energy kcal410
  • Fat35.0
  • Of which saturates23.0
  • Carbohydrates0.1
  • Of which sugars0.1
  • Protein23.7
  • Salt2.0
Name & address of food supplier

Paxton & Whitfield Ltd, 93 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

Shropshire Blue is a distinctive looking cheese that is not dissimilar in taste to Stilton, although firmer in texture. The cheese has a warm russet colour to it from the addition of the natural colorant, annatto, which contrasts nicely with the dense blue veining that is found throughout the cheese. It is an excellent cheese on a cheeseboard because of its distinctive colour and mellow, blue taste. 

Despite its name, Shropshire Blue originated in Scotland and is generally made now in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. There is a lack of a convincing explanation for the name of this cheese because as far as can be ascertained, the product has never been made in Shropshire. Our Shropshire Blue is made by Cropwell Bishop, a family run creamery in Nottinghamshire.

To make Shropshire Blue, evening and morning milk are blended together and a starter culture is added, along with vegetarian rennet and the blue mould culture, penicillium roqueforti. The curds form and the whey is drained off before the curds are transferred from the vat to the 'table' where they are left to settle overnight. The following day they are milled, salted and transferred by hand into cylindrical moulds.This is the stage when the cheeses begin to form and after a week in the moulds they are removed and the rind is smoothed down. They spend a further four weeks in the ripening room before being pierced with stainless steel needles whereby air can reach the interior of the cheese and encourage the spread of the blue moulds and the characteristic blue veining. The cheeses can then be kept until the desired maturity is reached.

Awarded Silver at The World Cheese Awards 2019.

Shropshire Blue was awarded Supreme Champion at the 2016 British Cheese Awards. Shropshire was also awarded Best English and Best Blue cheese at the 2016 British Cheese Awards.