I Try It So You Don’t Have To: Limburger Cheese mark September 4, 2012 I Try It So You Don't Have To, Interesting, Reviews 8 Comments This is another one of those items that has a legendary bad reputation. It has been immortalized in movies, TV, and cartoons as the go to item when you need something stinky. If it is too stinky for Abbott and Costello it must be bad. Of course I had to test this sinsiter monstrosity for myself. I actually picked it up a couple weeks ago and it has been staring at me from my fridge ever since. When I bought it at the store I picked it up and inhaled deeply, It was a strong smell but not offensive at all. I’m sure the people in the cheese department at the store wondered what the heck I was doing snorting the Limburger. I pulled it out of my fridge and again smelled it through the package, it really wasn’t bad at all, stinky but no worse than other soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert. I peeled open the foil and got right in close for a snort, I didn’t turn green or pass at. Certainly stronger now that it was open, slightly feety but not overwhelming. The rind was very firm, and I suspected it was preventing the worst of the smell from escaping. Time to slice open this brick of funk and see what all the hub bub was about. I got right up close as I sliced into it to catch the first whiff. The odor was in full effect now but I was not blowing my hair back or making me flee the room. Sure it was a pungent smell,mildly reminiscent of feet or BO, but then again so is a lot of cheese. The rind appeared to be a touch fuzzy, so I took off a slice and prepared to scoop out the inside. After cutting out the middle I took a big bite. And I was in love. This stuff was delicious. Rich, creamy, and smooth with strong flavor that again reminded me of Camembert in the best possible ways. It has that earthy flavor like mushrooms, albeit with a bit more punch. I immediately scooped out a couple more blobs and spread them on my waiting crackers so I could continue my enjoyment. I spread it pretty thick so that it would really stand up to the strong flavor of the rye crackers. It was perfect. I only wish I had been smart enough to slice up some red onion to serve along with it in the traditional Limburger sandwich style. Limburger is a cheese that can hang with those big flavors and not get lost in the shuffle,which is a huge positive for me.To be certain I wasn’t missing anything I did a retest after letting the cheese sit at room temp for a couple hours. The smell was much much stronger, borderline offensive, but the flavor was only a bit stronger and it actually enhanced it for me. I’m actually thinking I could make this into a surprising cheese spread for a party. Finely dice some red onion, add some toasted cracked caraway seeds and mix it all up as a spread. Absent the hype I’m sure that fans of other soft cheeses would love it. Limburger is a slam dunk “Try It” if you love cheese. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts mark Latest posts by mark (see all) Pizzeria Bianco Review: Is it really the best pizza in America? - December 10, 2013 Truffle Fries Review - December 5, 2013 Breaking News! Jack In The Box to Release Fajita Ranch Melt Sourdough Sandwich - December 3, 2013 8 Responses Shannon September 4th, 2012 Are you gonna try the maggot cheese? Reply Mark September 4th, 2012 I’m not certain Shannon, finding it is difficult and I have a pretty intense aversion to maggots. That being said if it was put in front of me I might have to try it. Reply john September 4th, 2012 How about Kopi Luwak civet coffee? Reply Mark September 4th, 2012 That is another one I would love to find John. I suppose I should look for a source. Reply Anne September 9th, 2012 Can you also add huitlacoche (corn smut) to your list? Reply Mark September 9th, 2012 Absolutely Anne, I have been on the hunt for that very thing. Reply celesul March 4th, 2013 Do not, however, put it in the microwave unless you want your entire house to smell like limburger cheese. Reply Mark March 4th, 2013 I can’t imagine the smell of microwaved limburger. Had to be terrible. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current [email protected]* Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.