RIP Rush Creek Reserve Cheese
By Erika Kubick in Food on Aug 20, 2014 7:00PM
(Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese/Photo: Erika Kubick)
Newly imposed regulations may require aging periods for raw milk cheeses that exceed 60 days, which is the current standard for both domestic and imported raw milk cheeses. if Uplands were to continue making Rush Creek Reserve, by the time it completed the two month aging period, the cheese may be illegal. If the cheese were to age longer, and meet the new criteria for aging, it would likely become overripe unlike Pleasant Ridge with just gets better with age. Because of the FDA's war on raw milk cheeses, Hatch has decided to cut his losses and cease production of Rush Creek Reserve.
Read more on the short life of Rush Creek Reserve in this article by Michael Gebert in the Chicago Reader. If you haven't tried Pleasant Ridge before, you best get yourself a wedge, and quickly before the FDA declares further war on wood-aged cheeses.