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Dorset Blue Vinney

Dorset Blue Vinney is a blue cheese made in Dorset, England. Most Blue Vinney is made from raw skim cow's milk, though some versions are also made from pasteurized skim milk.

Starter is added to the milk, then vegetarian Rennet and Penicillium roqueforti, which grows the mould in the cheese. The curd is cut into small pieces, let stand overnight, then the whey is drained. The curds are cut into blocks, pressed, salted and pressed into moulds. The moulds are turned regularly for 5 days. The cheeses are then taken out of the moulds, coated with flour and smeared with a paste which will develop more blue mould.

They are aged between 2 1/2 and 5 months. After the first month of aging, they are pierced in many places with a fine long needle to let air in so the mould inside can grow.

The cheese ends up with a hard rind, and a hard, crumbly interior. Though the blue mould veins in it are thinner than those in Stilton, there end up being more of them.

Dorset Blue Vinney is less moist than Stilton, because being made from skim milk, there is less fat in the cheese, but it has a stronger taste.

This is a PDO cheese.


1 cup, crumbled = 1/4 pound = 115g

History Notes

Dorset Blue Vinney used to be made locally at farms. Milk would first have its cream skimmed off for butter, and then the remaining skim milk was used for the cheese.

Literature & Lore

The Monty Python Cheese Shop routine, 1972, made mention of "Dorset Bluveny".

Language Notes

"Vinew" was an old Dorset dialect word, which meant to become mouldy. "Vinney" is derived from "vinew".

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Also called:

Dorset Blue


See also:

Blue Cheeses

Beenleigh Blue Cheese; Blackstick's Velvet Cheese; Bleu Bénédictin Cheese; Bleu d'Auvergne; Bleu d'Causses; Bleu de Basque; Bleu de Bresse; Bleu de Gex; Bleu de Termignon; Blue Cheese; Blue Wensleydale; Buffalo Blue Cheese; Buxton Blue Cheese; Byland Blue Cheese; Cabrales Blue Cheese; Cambozola Cheese; Canterbury Blue Cheese; Caradon Blue Cheese; Cashel Blue Cheese; Colston Bassett Stilton Cheese; Cornish Blue Cheese; Crème de Saint Agur Cheese; Danish Blue Cheese; Devon Blue Cheese; Dolcelatte; Dorset Blue Vinney; Dunsyre Blue Cheese; Ermite Cheese; Exmoor Blue Cheese; Fourme d'Ambert Cheese; Fourme de Montbrison Cheese; Gorgonzola Cheese; Guler Cheese; Harbourne Blue Cheese; Jindi Deluxe Blue Cheese; Lanark Blue Cheese; Lancashire Blue Cheese; Maytag Blue Cheese; Mrs Bells Blue Cheese; Oxford Blue Cheese; Penicillium Glaucum; Penicillium Roqueforti; Point Reyes Blue Cheese; Roaring Forties Blue Cheese; Roquefort Cheese; Saint Agur Cheese; Shropshire Blue; Somerset Blue Cheese; Stilton; Strathdon Blue Cheese; Troo Bloo You Cheese; Valdeón Cheese

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