I just picked up some tete de moine, monk's head, cheese for the first time and I need some guidance about this cheese. How you do when the cheese is supposed to smell like that vs when the smell signals that the cheese has gone bad?
This is my first brine washed cheese, and I was expecting it to be more 'aromatic' than other cheeses. But, I opened up the package, and the smell just knocked me over- it smelled like toejam and feet.
Yet, since I've never encountered this cheese before, for all I know, this cheese is supposed to smell funky like that. From the smell, how do you know when its over-ripe vs. when its gone bad to the point that you shouldn't eat it at all?
I've heard about ammonia smells signal spoilage, but I've also read that that smell is natural in some cheeses and does not necessarily indicate spoilage.
And, are there any other signals other than smell when the cheese has gone bad?
The surface of the wet is a little bit wet, but I don't see any neon colored mold on the rind. The rind is more of a muted colored orange near the center, although that rind is whitish towards the edge.