Tomme de Savoie Fermier
Tomme de Savoie Fermier is a farmhouse cheese, hence its name. This means that it is made from start to finish by one farm, from the milk of the animals who live there. It has a velvety rind of gray and white molds, holding an interior of straw colored paste with a few small holes here and there.
Made using raw cow's milk, the cheese has a pliant and creamy texture and has flavors of milk, hay, earth, and nuts.
Production of Tomme de Savoie uses semi-skimmed milk. Original production of this cheese was as a by-product of aged cheeses from the Savoie, such as Beaufort. The affineur of our Tomme de Savoie is Joseph Paccard, who we met with recently at the Salon du Fromage in Paris.
|Country of Origin||France|
|Producer||Fromagerie Joseph Paccard|
|Type of Milk||Cow|
Fromagerie Joseph Paccard
Joseph Paccard is a relatively new affineur. Located in the village of Manigod in the Savoie region of France, Paccard and his sons carefully select the farms they work with, developing close relationships with cheesemakers. This means the cheeses we receive are of an exceptionally high standard. All of the cheese the Paccards sell and age is \"fermier,\" meaning it is being made by cheesemakers who are raising their own animals. They select fresh wheels of cheese and care for them in their caves until they are ready to be sold.
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).