Raw milk has been a hot topic in the media recently with frequent articles bubbling up about the dangers of fresh raw milk and raw milk cheese. The issue is much more complex than is often portrayed in these articles and there are strong and reasoned voices on both sides of the raw milk debate. Continue Reading »
What’s the deal with using raw, thermized, or pasteurized milk for cheesemaking? All cheesemaking starts with milk, most commonly from cows, goats, and sheep. Healthy, grass-fed animals of any breed are most likely to produce equally healthy milk that creates the most delicious, flavor-packed cheeses. Early in the cheesemaking process, the cheesemaker decides whether to work with Continue Reading »
Happy Raw Milk Appreciation Day! (#Oldways #CheeseofChoice) While we love any and all well-made cheeses, there is a special place in our hearts for cheesemakers who opt to use raw milk in their production. It can be a challenge as there are many good reasons to choose pasteurization, but in our experience, it is the Continue Reading »
“Why Raw Milk?” is a common question at the Formaggio Kitchen cheese counter, and for good reason. Before the advent of pasteurization just over 150 years ago (thanks Louis Pasteur) the world’s cheeses were made exclusively from raw milk. Heating milk to a high temperature (135oF for 30 minutes or 161oF for 30 seconds according to Continue Reading »
We checked in with our lead cheese buyer, Kurt, to see what he was recommending for this New Years Eve. He put together a selection that hits all major milk types – cow, goat and sheep – while covering a range of textures and cheese styles. And, they all pair beautifully with sparkling wines!