Charlie Westhead makes a range of cheeses at his dairy in Herefordshire. Ragstone was one of Charlie’s early creations, made at a dairy in Sevenoaks, where he was originally based. Charlie named the cheese after Ragstone Ridge, which ran close by.
This goats’ cheese is made with a twist on the traditional French Sainte Maure, by adding in a white mould.
The curd is set overnight, before being hand-ladled into log-shaped moulds. After two to three weeks, the cheese has developed its coat, a creamy texture and a lemony flavour.
Recently, Charlie has adapted the recipe (and his use of ‘starter’ bacteria) to produce a smoother, creamier cheese, that is less acidic and more complex.
|Brand||The Fine Cheese Co.|
|Country of Origin||British Isles|
|Style of Cheese||Soft|
|For Pregnant Women?||No|
|Ingredients||Goats' milk, Sea salt, Starter Cultures, Animal Rennet, Mould Cultures|
|Nutritional Info (per 100g)||Energy 1327 KJ, 320 Kcal / Fat 25.6g, Of Which Saturated 17.4g / Carbohydrate 0.6g, Of Which Sugars 0.6g / Protein 19.4g / Salt 1.8g|
|Allergen Advice||For allergens see ingredients in bold.|
|Storage||Keep refrigerated below 8˚ Once open, eat within 5 days|
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