Bacteria and Cheese
Is the bacteria used to make
cheese specific for the kind of cheese being made?
Absolutely. The type of bacteria used to produce
cheese determine the taste, so every cheese with it's
own flavor has it's own bacteria. In some cases, e.g.
Rocqefort, the kind of bacteria to make it is a
well-kept secret. You can grow some of these bacteria
yourself. Have a look at the Virtual Museum of
Bacteria, at www.bacteriamuseum.org where you can find
yes, the microorganisms that are used to make fermented dairy products
including cheese are specific for the product and give them their unique
K. Van Hoeck
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Update: June 2012