Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Italian Days Food Experience – Part 1

     The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is well known for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. On a trip to this region we enlisted the help of Alessandro from Italian Days Food Experiences, so we could get a better understanding of these amazing products. This post is about Parmigiano Reggiano DOP cheese.

     Our day required an early wake-up call, so we could be at the small organic family factory in the Emilia Romagna countryside right after the morning milking.

     We witnessed the entire process, from the crafting of the curds by the master cheesemaker…

to the salt bath…

and the final aging process.
     The morning was capped off with a breakfast of freshly made warm ricotta, along with some sweet Lambrusco and plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano. It was so good I bought five pounds of cheese to bring home!

Stay tuned... tomorrow I'd like to tell you about the prosciutto factory.

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