Innes Log is made by Joe Bennett in Staffordshire from the raw milk of his own goats. Its delicate rind takes its light-grey colour from the vegetable ash that is sprinkled on when the cheese is very young, and brings with it a slightly yeasty, toasted flavour. Sometimes white and light-green Penicillium moulds may dot the rind, adding a bit of pepperiness. It is one of our most savoury goat’s cheeses, with a mellow, rounded flavour and a dense and silky texture.
The Innes Log was developed over the course of several years and represents a collaboration between Joe Bennett and the Neal’s Yard Dairy maturation team. The cheeses arrive with us at only a few days old, Joe delivers fresh young cheeses each Friday morning. What started as a quick chat-over-a-cup-of-coffee evolved into weekly tasting and troubleshooting sessions that have helped the cheese evolve into one of our best-sellers. It continues to evolve, and the current focus of experimentation is a transition from commercial starter cultures to whey-based starters that will allow Joe to make cheese using only the microbes from his dairy farm. The Innes Log is matured in London and is exclusive to Neal’s Yard Dairy.
It can sometimes be hard to know how much cheese to buy. If you are at all unsure please give us a call for some advice. As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend roughly between 100 and 150 grams per person for after dinner, and a bit more if cheese is the focus of the meal.
If you are buying cheese to serve over a couple of days or as part of a buffet, it is advisable to buy a few larger pieces. This will both look better and keep better than many small bits.
To help visualise weights, a good tip is to consider that a regular supermarket pat of butter weighs between 200 and 250 grams.
Farmhouse cheese is handmade and thus varies with each day’s production and changes as it matures. As such it is necessary to apply a common sense approach to cheese care and respond to the cheese you have in front of you, as opposed to following rigid guidelines. Here are some pointers which will help you to ensure you eat your cheese at its best.
We sell our cheese wrapped in waxed cheese paper, which achieves the best possible balance between maintaining humidity around the cheese and allowing it to breathe. We are happy to provide some extra cheese paper, you can add some to your basket by visiting “accompaniments“. If you wrap your cheese in cling film or foil, it can cause the cheese to sweat which will negatively affect the flavour.
Cut pieces of cheese should be kept in the refrigerator to slow the growth of mould on their cut surfaces. However, it is important to be aware that refrigerated cheese is more likely to dry out, particularly if it is not wrapped. The best option is to keep the cheese wrapped in its waxed paper within a box in the fridge. The container will help to prevent the cheese from drying out and prevent the cheese from absorbing flavours.
It is very important not to serve your cheese when it’s too cold as cold cheese can taste bland and inert. As a general rule of thumb you should bring it out of the fridge a few hours before you plan to serve it. You should keep your cheese wrapped whilst it is coming up to room temperature, to avoid any risk of it drying out. If it is especially warm you should reduce the amount of time the cheese is out of the fridge accordingly.