Fromagerie Le Détour
Dame Du Lac (La)
The name of this cheese refers to the pinkish daylily typically found in the city of Notre-Dame-du-Lac. The pastoral scene depicted on the label suits the delicate character of this low-fat cheese that is a pleasant surprise to all who try it.
Made by Fromagerie Le Détour
Fromagerie Le Détour was created in 1999 thanks to the determination of Mario Quirion and Ginette Bégin, a couple with a great love for cheese and a strong belief in the potential of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. In fact, they use locally-produced milk in the making of their cheeses.
About this cheese
This semi-soft cheese is made with pasteurized skim milk. It has a soft and orangey-coloured rind covered lightly with a white bloom. The interior is smooth and creamy, ivory to straw-yellow in colour, and marked with small holes. With age, these holes disappear to reveal a smooth and runny interior. La Dame du Lac has the delicate lactic flavours of cream and butter - the aromas of mushroom and cellar.
Pair it with...
winePair with White Port.
La Dame du Lac and bloomy rind Semi-soft cheeses are at their best when they emit an aroma of mushrooms and the rind gives when pressed slightly under your finger. A very strong smell or an ammonia-like odour is a sign that the cheese is overripe.
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 cheese freshness, use the original wrapping or rewrap in plastic wrap to provide the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge.
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 La Dame du Lac 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.