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Pecorino Romano (Italian Pasteurized Sheep's Milk Cheese)

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This sheep's milk cheese is an Italian classic. It is made between the months of October through July using a mix of morning and evening milk. Once formed, the cheese curds are cut into rice size granules and heated again before being drained, cut into chunks and then packed in molds and pressed. Each pressed round is then stamped with the DOP mark and dry-salted several times. As with prosciutto salting, the art of salting Pecorino Romano is a well-respected skill carried out by eye, and acquired through years of experience. Pecorino Romano is generally aged for a minimum of 5 months. Throughout the aging process, the cheeses are washed periodically with brine.

Pecorino Romano is often used for cooking - it has a noticeable salinity that helps to accentuate and elevate the flavors of any dish. However, it is also excellent as part of a cheese plate, especially when paired with a dollop of honey, fresh figs, a drizzle of Fig Vincotto, or an aged balsamic vinegar.
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Region Lazio
Country of Origin Italy
Cheese Type Hard
Type of Milk Sheep
Flavor Profile Medium-strong
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Serving and Caring for your cheese

Caring for Your Cheese

How much cheese should I buy?

We advise buying small quantities more frequently to avoid long term storage because the complex flavors and aromas of good cheese will change and degrade over time. For appetizer quantities and not much left over, we suggest 1/4 lb per person. For larger servings or if you'd like some left overs, we suggest a full 1/2 lb per person.

How should I serve my cheese?

You can serve any number of cheeses: a single magnificent chèvre or a large selection celebrating the diversity of aromas, flavors and textures found in various traditions around the world. Choose what you like and what you expect your audience will enjoy. We usually go for a selection of three to four cheeses with various milk types, textures and flavors.

Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Just before serving, unwrap each cheese and scrape the cut surface with a knife edge to remove a thin layer. If you notice dried out parts or mold on the face of the cheese, cut it away.

Can I eat the rind?

Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. If you don’t like the taste or texture, cut it off.

What do I do about the mold on my cheese?

Cheese stored for some time may grow exterior molds. Typical molds will be white or blue-green but you can sometimes come across yellow or gray. Most of the time, you can refresh the cheese by cutting away those affected areas. The cheese underneath will be fine.

How do I store my cheese?

Store in a higher humidity area of your refrigerator - likely an enclosed spot which allows for limited airflow rather than constant drafts.

How do I wrap my cheese?

Use a clean wrap of the cheese paper, or, in a pinch use parchment (for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (for firm to hard cheeses).


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