Kunik, Nettle Meadow, New York

by mncheese on March 31, 2010

in American-Northeast,Cheese!,Cheesemongers & Shops,Cow,Goat,Milk

If there’s one cheese that I’ve been craving more than any other during the past eight months of pregnancy, it would be Kunik. This triple-cream cheese from New York’s Nettle Meadow Farm is made from 75 percent goat’s milk and 25 percent cow’s milk, and the result is 150 percent spectacular. Thank the Lord that the Cheese Shop at France 44 usually has a button or two in stock when I stop in after yoga on Saturday mornings. A week without my Kunik fix is a bad week, indeed.

As lucky as I am to find Kunik here in Minnesota, I can’t help but wish I lived close to the Nettle Meadow Farm in the Adirondacks. The cheesemakers, Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan, make a variety of small-batch, hand-crafted goat cheeses mixed with yummy ingredients like herbs, olive oil, garlic, maple syrup and honey. You really can’t beat fresh chevre when it comes to cheese – the flavor is so rich and pure that you can eat it straight with a spoon. But since I’m not close to Nettle Meadow – and I have delicious Minnesota and Wisconsin chevres to devour – I will definitely take the Kunik when I can get it. Though it’s been slightly aged, it still carries the freshness of a chevre with the luxurious creaminess of cow’s milk. If you can find a button, buy it and eat it in small wedges on a cracker or by itself. I’d be surprised if you can stop yourself before the entire cheese is gone!


Its Not You its Brie April 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Triple-creme goat’s milk? Wow. These are so rare and I’ve never heard of this one. Luckily a distributer I work with carries this and at your suggestion, I’m going to order soon. Thanks!

mncheese April 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

You won’t be disappointed!

Dorothy April 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

I was drooling when I read this, and was pretty sure this one wouldn’t regularly make it out to LA, but then there it was on the cheese menu tonight at dinner. To the dismay of my goat cheese hating friends, I insisted, and was so happy! Creamy, with just a hint of goat tang wrapped in rich velvet. Perfect timing and a great end to my meal.

Raven June 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Oh my goodness! Kunik is the best cheese I’ve ever tasted. I had it at a local restaurant as part of their cheese plate and I’ve been searching for it ever since. It’s a wonderful, creamy, velvetty cheese.

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