Skip to comments.Making Parmesan the Ancient Italian Way
Posted on 03/15/2013 1:49:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In the mountains of northern Italy, the tiny Colline di Canossa creamery still follows a centuries-old tradition to turn milk from local herds into the finest Parmesan.
It is 8am, and the cheese makers at the Colline di Canossa creamery, on a high plain in the Apennines, in northern Italy, are waiting for the morning milk delivery. Soon a dairy truck will wind its way up the hill, and the daily production of Parmesan cheese will begin.
A mountain Parmesan has unique characteristics and a softer, clean flavour. 'The cows at the dairies that supply our milk live in the fresh and rainy climate of the high-altitude pastures, Luigi Montruccoli, a master dairyman who has worked at the creamery for 23 years and comes from a family of dairymen, explains. 'This guarantees flourishing greenery to feed them.
Regulations set by the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, the consortium established 70 years ago to protect the name of Parmesan cheese, state that the cows milked for Parmesan may be fed only on grass grown where the milk is produced, together with natural animal feed; this is essentially what leads to its flavour.
Parmesan is produced solely in northern Italy, by approximately 400 creameries in the areas of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Moderna, Mantua and Bologna. Under Italian law, only cheese made in these provinces may be labelled Parmigiano Reggiano the Italian name for Parmesan and the logo stamped on every packet of the cheese imported for sale. In recent years many creameries in the mountains have had to close because it is easier and more cost-effective for dairies on the lower plains, along the rivers Po and Reno, to deliver milk to local, lowland creameries. Colline di Canossa is one of only a few remaining mountain creameries, and it survives
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Meanwhile, back in the United Soviet Socialist States of America: Watch the video about halfway down the page if you really want to get mad.
I love it when the local grocer marks down the high dollar Parmesan or Romano,because it is approaching the US expiration date.
LOL the stuff is over 2 years old LOL
being in the deli for a couple of weeks won’t make it go bad! LOL
American-made parmesan cannot hold a candle to a good Parmagiano-Reggiano.
My local fresh dairy,(cow,sheep and goat milk and associated cheeses) was shut down by Obama.
There are some decent American made cheeses.
Now if we could only replicate Prosciutto and Sopressa.
Wait, are you one of the people who hides stuff in the back, so people don’t buy it, then they mark it down.
If you hold a candle to it, it might melt.
Damn right! Real cheese comes in a block. Or some other three-dimensional shape.
Behold the power of Cheese.
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I will admit I make the world's best calzoni. Mozerella, Parmesan and goat cheese. And of course, Prosciutto from Italy.
Lisa's Deli in Hoboken (9th and Park street) had everything. They made their own mozerella. You walk into the place and are in food heaven.
When we left Italy in 03 we bought a 38.6 kilo wheel of Parmagiano-Reggiano and put it in our household goods shipment. It lasted until last year, we vacuum packed and froze it, it was fine, the last couple of years it was dry.
You can’t find decent Italian goods around here.
Pecarino is a good sub for Parmesan.
Wasn’t imported Prosciutto banned a few years back?
The difference between 'real' Italian food and the stuff passed off in most places is amazing.
You said it.
“Now if we could only replicate Prosciutto and Sopressa.”
Their is a company near me in Norwalk Iowa; who started making this. Not sure how it stacks up; but they are trying to do it right
I have heard that there are people working on it.
Are you saying that Olive Garden isn't real Italian?
Anyone ever notice that baby puke smells like Parmesan cheese?
“Anyone ever notice that baby puke smells like Parmesan cheese?”
Only in the first day or two after I change my socks. Then I’m good to go for the rest of the week.
Yup. Ain’t no such thing as a “bad cheese”. Some might be better than others, but even the worst is still cheese, which is better than no cheese.
We had some cheddar from Wales 2 weeks ago. It was the best cheddar I have ever had. Expensive, but I had bought it for company. (The husband loves it when we have house guests because I buy foods I don’t normally get.)
Cheese! George! Cheese!
My current cheese is “Smoked Sharp Cheddar” thin sliced and I have used it to improve everything from fried eggs to PB&J (was surprised how good it was on Ice Cream)
Oh the joys of being single, (you can eat anything)
I'll go so far to say Olive Garden is not only not real Italian, but it is not real food. ;)
“Ewww, what’s that smell?”
“It’s either bad meat or good cheese.”
When she was small, one of my daughters couldn't say the word 'Parmesan' to save her life.
We finally just started calling it 'stinky cheese'.
Maybe the term “going to canossa,” which means humbling or humiliating oneself in Italian (or giving penance), is somehow connected with having to encounter stinky cheese, although I know there is a more factual derivation of the expression.
Their crust is cardboard. There is no flavor in the sauce. They serve Budweiser.