Fromagerie Le P'tit Train Du Nord
Barre du Jour (La)
The name, La Barre du Jour, is an analogy - comparing the line of Espelette pepper in the middle of this cheese with the orange line that appears in the sky just before sunrise.
Made by Fromagerie Le P'tit Train Du Nord
After tasting the Cheese Curds made by Le P'tit Train du Nord, the current owners teamed up with and eventually purchased this now family-owned cheese dairy. Their additive-free artisan cheeses are made with whole milk, and within 24 hours of milking; then ripened on pine boards to enhance the flavour and aroma.
About this cheese
This semi-soft, surface-ripened cheese is made from pasteurized milk. The rind gets washed with a high-fermentation beer (ale): El Lapino by Mont-Laurier’s Microbrasserie du Lièvre has a fresh chili aroma and a gently spicy bitterness. This spicy beer works great with the line of Espelette pepper (similar to cayenne pepper) that runs through the middle of the cheese. This unique cheese has a mellow buttery aroma, and sweet yet slightly spicy flavours.
Pair it with...
beerPair with less hoppy beers, such as a golden or a red.
foodDelicious melted on baby potatoes.
winePair with apple cider.
winePair with a full-bodied white wine, such as Gewürztraminer.
Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.
To preserve freshness of washed-rind cheeses, use breathable wrap like waxed paper to allow oxygen to work with the bacteria.
Refrigerator Shelf-life: 2-3 weeks.
Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Raclette cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.