My son enjoys the Brie that comes with the cheese plate at Starbucks. That cheese has a mild aroma. So I picked up some Brie from the market and it has a strong smell. Is there a way to prepare Brie to reduce the odor? Or if I knew anything about cheese would I even try?

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Ammonia odor means over-ripe cheese. For both Camembert and Brie.

Next time don't buy it ...

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The riper the brie is, the stronger the flavour is.

Therefore I would recommend choosing a hard brie and then allow it to ripen (unless you want it really not strong)...Also you should experiment with different types of brie as some are stronger than others.

I tend to find that french brie is stronger than English...

Enjoy your cheese experimenting!


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