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Making Parmesan the Ancient Italian Way
The Telegraph ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | Georgia Degn

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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The government may be in shambles, but the the cheese is great/ (grate?) It reminds me of the scene from The Third Man. (a movie as good as the cheese)
1 posted on 03/15/2013 1:49:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/14/raw-milk-access.aspx?e_cid=20130314_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20130314


2 posted on 03/15/2013 2:00:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: nickcarraway

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


3 posted on 03/15/2013 2:08:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

American-made parmesan cannot hold a candle to a good Parmagiano-Reggiano.


4 posted on 03/15/2013 2:09:52 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: gorush

My local fresh dairy,(cow,sheep and goat milk and associated cheeses) was shut down by Obama.


5 posted on 03/15/2013 2:10:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

There are some decent American made cheeses.
Now if we could only replicate Prosciutto and Sopressa.


6 posted on 03/15/2013 2:11:36 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Wait, are you one of the people who hides stuff in the back, so people don’t buy it, then they mark it down.


7 posted on 03/15/2013 2:13:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Not cheese!


8 posted on 03/15/2013 2:13:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

If you hold a candle to it, it might melt.


9 posted on 03/15/2013 2:13:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 03/15/2013 2:15:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Revolting cat!

11 posted on 03/15/2013 2:16:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!

Damn right! Real cheese comes in a block. Or some other three-dimensional shape.


12 posted on 03/15/2013 2:19:05 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Even that is beloved.

Behold the power of Cheese.

13 posted on 03/15/2013 2:24:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ken5050

Bookmark for later reading..


14 posted on 03/15/2013 2:33:07 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: mylife
Now if we could only replicate Prosciutto

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.

15 posted on 03/15/2013 2:47:10 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: mylife

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.


16 posted on 03/15/2013 3:11:15 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

Very good!


17 posted on 03/15/2013 3:13:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

You can’t find decent Italian goods around here.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 3:14:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

Pecarino is a good sub for Parmesan.

Wasn’t imported Prosciutto banned a few years back?


19 posted on 03/15/2013 3:34:41 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: mylife
You can’t find decent Italian goods around here.

The difference between 'real' Italian food and the stuff passed off in most places is amazing.

20 posted on 03/15/2013 3:36:16 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

You said it.


21 posted on 03/15/2013 3:37:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

“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


22 posted on 03/15/2013 3:54:37 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I have heard that there are people working on it.


23 posted on 03/15/2013 3:56:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive
The difference between 'real' Italian food and the stuff passed off in most places is amazing.

Are you saying that Olive Garden isn't real Italian?

24 posted on 03/15/2013 3:58:47 PM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone ever notice that baby puke smells like Parmesan cheese?


25 posted on 03/15/2013 4:14:33 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: mylife

http://laquercia.us/


26 posted on 03/15/2013 4:24:36 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“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.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 4:35:00 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: mylife

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.


28 posted on 03/15/2013 4:36:09 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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.)


29 posted on 03/15/2013 4:46:51 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Boogieman

Cheese! George! Cheese!


30 posted on 03/15/2013 4:54:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Thanks!


31 posted on 03/15/2013 4:55:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

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)

TT


32 posted on 03/15/2013 5:23:40 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: Boogieman

Bump


33 posted on 03/15/2013 5:26:22 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: dearolddad
Are you saying that Olive Garden isn't real Italian?

I'll go so far to say Olive Garden is not only not real Italian, but it is not real food. ;)

34 posted on 03/15/2013 6:39:44 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Boogieman

“Ewww, what’s that smell?”

“It’s either bad meat or good cheese.”


35 posted on 03/15/2013 6:56:58 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: dfwgator

36 posted on 03/15/2013 6:59:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Anyone ever notice that baby puke smells like Parmesan cheese?

Yes! LOL!

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'.

37 posted on 03/15/2013 7:08:56 PM PDT by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: MamaTexan

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.


38 posted on 03/15/2013 7:32:02 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: FatherofFive
"The difference between 'real' Italian food and the stuff passed off in most places is amazing. "

Egregious offender:


39 posted on 03/15/2013 7:47:34 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Rebelbase
I really don't know how PH stays in business.

Their crust is cardboard. There is no flavor in the sauce. They serve Budweiser.

Total crap

40 posted on 03/16/2013 12:26:51 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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