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Thursday, 17 October 2013
|from Culture Magazine 2013|
An article on the Culture Magazine website - Cheeseographic: Lactose Intolerance on October 15, 2013, by Jessie Hazard is very too the point about this ongoing issue. Lactose to lactase, aged cheeses versus fresh, cow's milk versus goat and sheep, allergy vs intolerance, yep, it's all there in graphic display!
Want more information? You can check out other articles on The Kitchen Blog - What is Lactose Intolerance and also Lactose and Cheese: Are You Really Lacotse Intolerant by Nora Singley who was a Cheesemonger and the Director of the Cheese Course at Murray's Cheese Shop in New York City and a chef on The Martha Stewart Show. All very interesting in terms of what you need to know about the two competing enemies of cheese lovers.
Also here is an interesting bit from Wikipedia on the subject :
Dairy products - Lactose is a water-soluble substance. After the curdling process, lactose is found in the water-based portion (along with whey and casein), but not in the fat-based portion. Dairy products that are "reduced-fat" or "fat-free" generally have slightly higher lactose content. Low-fat dairy foods also often have various dairy derivatives, such as milk solids, added, increasing the lactose content.
Cheese - Fermentation and higher fat content contribute to lesser amounts of lactose. Traditionally made Emmental or Cheddar might contain 10% of the lactose found in whole milk. In addition, the aging methods of traditional cheeses (sometimes over two years) reduce their lactose content to practically nothing. Commercial cheeses, however, are often manufactured by processes that do not have the same lactose-reducing properties.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Sunday, 29 September 2013
What makes a great cheese? Contented animals, good raw milk, traditional methods of production, know how, but most important - passion!
Serge le Chevallier at Les Fromagers de Tradition, la Fromagerie de la Houssaye makes some of the most amazing cheeses from Normandy you will ever encounter. Livarot and Pont l'Eveque are the specialities of the house. All made with raw milk from their herds in the lieu-dit called la Houssaye, located in the Pays d'Auge, these are award winning cheeses.
The Livarot won the Silver medal and the Pont l'Eveque won the Gold medal at the 2013 Salon d'Agriculture in Paris. We had the privelege of meeting Monsieur le Chevallier at the Fromagerie where he was kind enough to give us a tour of his facility and explain their fabrication techniques and then let us taste his cheeses in situe.
A natural presenter, le Chevallier regaled us with the techniques of this artisanal process he and his 17 employees use for cheese making. It was truly fascinating to learn that a Livarot, round in form, and a Pont l'Eveque, square in shape, start out exactly the same and do not start to become their respective cheeses until around the salage (salting stage).
While Livarot, otherwise known as le Colonel, is big and meaty, a very masculin cheese; Pont l'Eveque is soft and milky, like milk fresh from the cow and could be described as feminine. We tasted these cheeses with a beautiful, crisp white wine, but some say a dry cidre brut would work equally well.
With their cousin, Camembert, these cheeses make up the Normand big three and typify all that is good about Normandy. For us a Domaines & Terroirs, we were truly honoured to be able to sample the very best of these cheeses with a most talented cheese maker.