Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Walls of Cheese

Parmigiano Reggiano: A Parmesan Cheese Making Facility
Reggio Emilia, Italy

“Never manufactured, always hand-made” is the facilities slogan.
Parmigiano-Reggiano has over eight centuries of history along with the Italian P.D.O. (protected designation of origin) certification and is the only cheese that is 100 % guaranteed “Parmesan”. I can’t say that I have ever seen so much cheese in one place. The smell was overwhelming in general; to me the smell was revolting because of the time it takes to mature a wheel of cheese, which is typically 1 to 6 years per wheel. It takes 600 liters of milk to make one wheel. Each wheel has to be cleaned daily, which must be done by hand and is a tedious process when looking at these massive walls of cheese.
If you are a cheese fanatic like me or most of my classmates, I suggest you visit
www.parmigiano-reggiano.it. Beware if you buy cheese, it may mold if not refrigerated. It also may become another souvenir to drag around and an issue of space in luggage during tours.

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