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The Cornish Cheese Company is the home of award-winning Cornish Blue cheese hand made on the farm using milk from our own herd of cows.
Cornish Blue has been produced on the Stansfield’s farm on Bodmin Moor since 2001. At that time milk prices had collapsed. Dairy farmers were facing a struggle to survive. In the search for a new revenue stream, Phillip and Carol Stansfield starting thinking about making cheese. They noticed that there was no blue cheese being made in Cornwall. Phillip enrolled on a cheesemaking course at Cheshire College of Agricultur. They turned a former bottling plant at the end of the milking parlour into a cheese production facilit. And Cornish Blue was on its way.
We decided we didnt want to compete with Stilton. When we looked at softer, milder blue cheeses, we discovered they were all imported. It was clear that there was a gap in the market for a British made milder blue cheese. And we already had a name for it Cornish Blue
Cornish Cheese Company – our cows
Cornish Blue is a full fat cream cheese made from cows milk. The milk all comes from the herd on the family farm meaning that as soon as the cows are milked each day the milk immediately goes into the cheese production cycle.
Being just on the edge of Bodmin Moor the Stansfield farm is ideally placed for cheesemaking as the very moist climate makes for good pasture which is important for the milk. The combination of the farm, the cows, and the milk all make Cornish Blue an artisan cheese. Once the cheeses are made they enter the maturing room where they stay for 12 to 14 weeks to enable them to achieve their full character and flavour. They are checked daily and turned weekly to ensure moisture is evenly distributed throughout the cheese. Finally the cheese is cut and packed by hand ready for distribution across the UK and overseas.