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#151 Post by Mel Hill » November 12th, 2017, 9:25 am

thanks for the heads up! usually get an email but nada his year

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#152 Post by AlexS » November 12th, 2017, 9:42 am

Gotta look out for the Rush Creek peeps!
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#153 Post by Kenny H » November 12th, 2017, 7:21 pm

So excited.
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#154 Post by Mel Hill » November 15th, 2017, 12:46 pm

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found these in WFs in Denver. $5 cheaper than direct and no shipping! I only bought one.
I’ve got three more arriving on Thursday.

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#155 Post by Mel Hill » November 15th, 2017, 12:54 pm

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so new the barcode didn’t scan and they lowered the price for holding up the sale! $11.99 for RCR, my lucky day

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#156 Post by AlexS » November 15th, 2017, 2:20 pm

So wait Mel...you got 2 wheels of RCR for $11.99 total, as in $6 per each? [wow.gif]

Even $11.99 per wheel is a killer deal!
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#157 Post by Kenny H » November 18th, 2017, 7:26 pm

Picked up my wheel and got a taste from the monger. Dude, this year is so packed and deep. This is my 4th year in a row eating RCR and at this point, no contest.
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#158 Post by David K o l i n » November 18th, 2017, 8:07 pm

Just cracked my first wheel of the year. Intense and awesome
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#159 Post by Mel Hill » November 18th, 2017, 9:05 pm

AlexS wrote:So wait Mel...you got 2 wheels of RCR for $11.99 total, as in $6 per each? [wow.gif]

Even $11.99 per wheel is a killer deal!
one cheese for $11.99 but it turns out that was
the sale price! I could've bought them all at the $11.99 price!
First one goes down tomorrow.

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#160 Post by ybarselah » November 19th, 2017, 8:11 am

$25 at eataly flatiron.
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#161 Post by Ethan Abraham » December 23rd, 2017, 11:18 am

For any NJ or Rockland folk, whole foods in closter still has some left (though it's 35 a wheel)

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#162 Post by ybarselah » December 23rd, 2017, 11:46 am

eataly flatiron had a ton as of yesterday. like strategic reserve levels. so cheesy.
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#163 Post by ybarselah » December 28th, 2017, 7:14 am

another fantastic wheel last night. i roasted it for a few minutes with thyme and white truffle trimmings. served with a 2015 antoine jobard aligote was perfect.
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#164 Post by Charles Kersten » December 28th, 2017, 8:17 am

Picked one up yesterday at The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire. Looking forward to giving this a try!

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#165 Post by Mel Hill » December 28th, 2017, 1:58 pm

we had a Harbison on on the 26th, wow also a great cheese in this style. Maybe a bit less funk and a bit smaller but at $12 ish I’m a buyer when I see it. two more wheels of RCR this season, one on NYE and the last one will be a bit of a science experiment. Any ideas on how long to let it sit in the fridge?

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#166 Post by Kenny H » January 2nd, 2018, 7:38 pm

Our wheel on NYE was so surprisingly clean. I warmed in the warming drawer to get the gooey texture, grabbed a bite and couldn't believe there was no funk just a nice very long bacon finish. It actually worked very well for the crowd who are not steeped in the washed rind stank. But man, that sample I got from the monger when I bought the wheel was so ridiculous and feral. Still great stuff!
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#167 Post by Mike Cohen » January 2nd, 2018, 7:53 pm

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AlexS wrote:Anyone have any idea how long a wheel of this will keep in the fridge? Thx.
It will keep for an extended period, as it says on the label, but cheese that is wrapped for a long time tends to develop ammonia smells more quickly. We find those very objectionable when they get strong.
I'm pretty sure this is exactly what happened to the wheel I bought three weeks ago. Ate a bit of it and then had to throw it out. Both my daughter and I couldn't stand the smell and had minor stomach aches later. There's always next year...

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#169 Post by George Hejna » November 5th, 2018, 12:11 pm

I found it for $22 at a local store.

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#170 Post by AlexS » November 5th, 2018, 3:03 pm

$19.99 at WF in Milwaukee, hard to beat it for that price
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#171 Post by George Hejna » November 5th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Honestly, I have tried it for 3 years now.. It is not that great. I would take Harbison or Epoisse and many other cheeses over Rush Creek any day. Putting it in an oven is cheese sacrilege IMO.

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#172 Post by Mel Hill » November 5th, 2018, 6:35 pm

I didn't order any direct from them this year due to the availability at WFs here in Denver. Getting one local for $12.99 kind of made me regret paying MSRP plus shipping for 3 more from them in 2017.

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#173 Post by Kenny H » November 5th, 2018, 6:45 pm

Can't wait!
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#174 Post by AlexS » November 5th, 2018, 8:03 pm

George Hejna wrote:
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Honestly, I have tried it for 3 years now.. It is not that great. I would take Harbison or Epoisse and many other cheeses over Rush Creek any day. Putting it in an oven is cheese sacrilege IMO.

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Imo, Harbison is way more fruity vs. the savory, almost bacon-esque qualities of RCR. Both are delicious, but Winnimere shares more similarities w/RCR than Harbison (and is equally delicious).

100% agreed that throwing RCR, Harbison and/or Winnimere into an oven is absolutely sacrilegious...just let 'em sit on the counter for a good 45-60 minutes and enjoy the deliciousness!
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#175 Post by Chris Freemott » November 5th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Putting it in an oven is cheese sacrilege IMO.
Yet, that is exactly what the man who produces it recommends. Sigh....

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#176 Post by Mel Hill » November 5th, 2018, 9:01 pm

we heat it and it's really good and as Chris notes, it comes with instructions on how to heat it.

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#177 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » November 6th, 2018, 8:35 am

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100% agreed that throwing RCR, Harbison and/or Winnimere into an oven is absolutely sacrilegious...just let 'em sit on the counter for a good 45-60 minutes and enjoy the deliciousness!
So all those French and Swiss folks who have been doing that with Vacherin Mont d’Or forever and dipping potatoes in it, don't know what they are talking about?

Good to know!

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#178 Post by AlexS » November 6th, 2018, 11:01 am

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
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AlexS wrote:
November 5th, 2018, 8:03 pm
100% agreed that throwing RCR, Harbison and/or Winnimere into an oven is absolutely sacrilegious...just let 'em sit on the counter for a good 45-60 minutes and enjoy the deliciousness!
So all those French and Swiss folks who have been doing that with Vacherin Mont d’Or forever and dipping potatoes in it, don't know what they are talking about?

Good to know!

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Lol, fair enough! Fyi, I prefer Kraft's American Deluxe to their singles anyway.

But seriously, I'm just not a fan of the texture from putting it in the oven. Worth noting, it also comes with instructions on leaving it on the counter.
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#179 Post by Chris Freemott » November 6th, 2018, 2:45 pm

Alex, I'm busting Hejna's balls on the oven. We're friends so it's potentially unseen in this thread that my reply comes with a deep amount of snark and a jab to his ribs.

But, I buy from them directly typically and get 3-4 wheels a year. Last few years we've had friends and family over, followed the directions and compared those results to a countertop rested product. Oven has won hands down. There is no doubt an aggressive application of heat will break the cheese and result in a fondu-like product. we don't go that far and probably get the cheese to an 80-85 degree internal temp. We did have one go over 100 and it was pretty messy so we left it alone and as it cooled it was fine. Perhaps our homes are kept at different ambient temps and/or texturally we like different things. I've sat many times at George's kitchen table. I think he uses 100 watt bulbs on his chandelier so all 12 of those bulbs probably mimic an oven and he simply doesn't want to admit that. (sticking tongue out emoji).

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#180 Post by AlexS » November 6th, 2018, 3:01 pm

Chris Freemott wrote:
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Alex, I'm busting Hejna's balls on the oven.
Do you have to preheat for that?
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#181 Post by Chris Freemott » November 6th, 2018, 3:16 pm

Nope..Instant On, Alex. LOL

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#182 Post by AlexS » November 6th, 2018, 3:34 pm

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#183 Post by Mel Hill » November 11th, 2018, 4:21 pm

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maybe a bit too ripe!
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#184 Post by George Hejna » November 11th, 2018, 5:02 pm

Nice! Fondue..... [barf1.gif]

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#185 Post by Bob Hughes » November 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm

We had our first wheel of the season tonight, and paired it with a wheel of Harbison.

With all due respect to George's cheese palate, it wasn't much of a contest - in fact, my wife didn't care for the Harbison at all, and while I wasn't that critical, the Rush Creek was still a clear winner in my book.

Interestingly enough, though, this is probably the earliest we have ever had a wheel, and maybe it's just faulty memory, but both of us thought last year's vintage Of Rush Creek was better.

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#186 Post by Robert M yers » November 30th, 2018, 8:21 pm

Still waiting for our local shop to get delivery here.

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#187 Post by Ethan Abraham » December 1st, 2018, 5:05 am

Recently picked up both a Harrison and a rcr. This year's rcr seems much more mild than I remember it, even 2 weeks after purchasing. Much less funky than the Harbison.

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#188 Post by Michae1 P0wers » December 7th, 2018, 11:46 am

Local TJ's had Harbison the other day for $13 a wheel. Bought one but plan to grab more.

I actually agree on this year's RCR. I had some at Thanksgiving. While delicious, it did seem quite mild.

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#189 Post by Robert M yers » December 8th, 2018, 10:34 am

ybarselah wrote:
December 28th, 2017, 7:14 am
another fantastic wheel last night. i roasted it for a few minutes with thyme and white truffle trimmings. served with a 2015 antoine jobard aligote was perfect.
Is this cheese a match for white truffles? I just got both today but hadn’t intended on combining them?

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#190 Post by ybarselah » December 8th, 2018, 12:34 pm

Robert M yers wrote:
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ybarselah wrote:
December 28th, 2017, 7:14 am
another fantastic wheel last night. i roasted it for a few minutes with thyme and white truffle trimmings. served with a 2015 antoine jobard aligote was perfect.
Is this cheese a match for white truffles? I just got both today but hadn’t intended on combining them?
pretty funny as i did this again almost a year to the day... resounding yes.

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#191 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » December 8th, 2018, 6:31 pm

ybarselah wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Robert M yers wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 10:34 am
ybarselah wrote:
December 28th, 2017, 7:14 am
another fantastic wheel last night. i roasted it for a few minutes with thyme and white truffle trimmings. served with a 2015 antoine jobard aligote was perfect.
Is this cheese a match for white truffles? I just got both today but hadn’t intended on combining them?
pretty funny as i did this again almost a year to the day... resounding yes.
I like your style.
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#192 Post by David K o l i n » December 16th, 2018, 7:48 am

An awesome wheel last nigh
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#193 Post by David Cooper » December 16th, 2018, 9:38 am

DTLA Cheese was getting some on Thursday. Sadly I was on my way home by then.

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#194 Post by ybarselah » December 19th, 2018, 9:38 am

another insane wheel last night. purchased last week and kinda forgot about it, which i think only made it better. very consistent texture throughout - i think the most interesting thing about this cheese is the lingering and depth of flavor. it's not obvious up front, but the inner mouth aromas are so complex. baked on low for about 20 minutes with a bunch of french thyme under the foil. stunning.
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#195 Post by M.Kaplan » December 19th, 2018, 10:37 am

Yup. The wheels I've eaten this year have been great.

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#196 Post by jan.brekke » December 19th, 2018, 7:01 pm

As a Wisconsinite I had no idea that Rush Creek was a national thing. Had my first wheel last year and loved it. Going to pick up two tomorrow. Can't wait!

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#197 Post by Robert M yers » December 25th, 2018, 3:37 am

Is there really an expiration on this cheese? My wheel is dated sell by 12-10, bought it a couple weeks ago at Whole Foods but hadn’t even thought of opening it yet. I assume it’s getting funkier though as it seems to smell a bit more.

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#198 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 25th, 2018, 6:46 am

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Is there really an expiration on this cheese? My wheel is dated sell by 12-10, bought it a couple weeks ago at Whole Foods but hadn’t even thought of opening it yet. I assume it’s getting funkier though as it seems to smell a bit more.
Within reason, it can last quite a while. There is, however, a problem of ammonia smells developing from being under the wrapping for that time. This problem isn't unique to Rush Creek, of course. Some people don't mind it, but my husband can't stand that ammonia smell, and I don't like it much either.

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#199 Post by AlexS » December 25th, 2018, 10:05 am

Robert M yers wrote:
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Is there really an expiration on this cheese? My wheel is dated sell by 12-10, bought it a couple weeks ago at Whole Foods but hadn’t even thought of opening it yet. I assume it’s getting funkier though as it seems to smell a bit more.
I’d open it now for the exact reason Sarah describes.
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#200 Post by Mel Hill » December 25th, 2018, 10:33 am

12-17 had a touch of ammonia on Saturday night

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