Nikki’s spicy cheese the results


After one month of age it is time to taste Nikki’s nuclear spiced cheese.

Mutant cheese after one month of aging
Mutant cheese after one month of aging

For appearance I would consider this my ugliest cheese to date.  The curds knitted together better than I expected them to considering how crumbly feeling it felt going into a vacuum bag.  (had to bag it because of the crumble)  The cheese has a great odor right out of the bag.  Smells of a good jack cheese with only a hint of spice to the smell.

Creamy white with little specs of peppers throughout
Creamy white with little specs of peppers throughout

Very soft when cutting with some of it sticking to the knife as I cut into it.  Not the best knit to the curds due to the soak in tapatio.  I think a different sauce with no vinegar/acetic acid in it would have made for a better knit.  I had a request for ghost pepper jack.  might have to try that.

a piece cut for the taste
a piece cut for the taste

And now for the taste test.  I need a drum roll before the taste.  You can tell from the slice how crumbly the cheese still is.  The first bite gives the cool taste of a good moist jack cheese.  Then after 5 seconds you get hit with the OMG what did I just put in my mouth!!!  I have never had any pepper jack that has such a long delay from the time you bite into. To when the heat hits your tongue.  It has a great flavor but the heat is almost too much.  I like it, but the wife took one bite and glared at me because I didn’t tell her it was that spicy.  I like to surprise her some days.  Half of the wheel went back into the cheese fridge to age for a couple more months.  The other half will be used at the baby shower next week.  Over all it was a successful yet ugly cheese

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