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3 Unique Cheeses Of Portugal

Some of the most underrated cheeses of spring!

Portuguese cheese makers have long beeen making sheep's milk cheeses. Many of them are very unique in the way they use Cardoon Thistle to coagulate the milk instead of the traditional animal rennet. It is generally believed that this practice has its roots in the Iberian Jewish community who require cheese made in a Kosher way (i.e., no animal-based rennet).

The fist lactation of ewes coincides perfectly with spring. By mid April, we find the cheeses of Portugal to be á point! Just add artisan made pumpkin jam and your own favorite bread!

Amarelo
Amarelo
Price: $19.50 per lb
Azeitao
Azeitao
Price: $18.25 each
Mondegueiro
Mondegueiro
Sale: $35.50 each
Portuguese Pumpkin Jam
Portuguese Pumpkin Jam
Sale: $6.00 each

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Spring Education Update
Mother's Day Cheese Collection Mother's Day Cheese Collection
Price: $85

This Mother's Day, treat the mothers in your life to a wonderful collection from Artisanal Premium Cheese! Savor Allison Hooper’s lemony Bonne Bouche from Vermont Butter & Cheese, Sheila Flanagan’s buttery Kunik from Nettle Meadow, and Mary Quicke’s spicy Quicke’s Cheddar.

Women Cheesemakers Of The World
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
With Daphne Zepos

Celebrate Mother's Day this year with Artisanal Premium Cheese's special look at cheesemaking and the fairer sex! Come join acclaimed affineur Daphne Zepos as we embark on a journey highlighting cheeses made by women the world over: the United States, France, Ireland, Italy, and even Tibet. Each of the cheeses we will be looking at tells a poignant, contemporary story of the lifestyle of female cheesemakers today.

Women Cheesemakers Of The World

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Weekly Trivia

Question: Why are supermarket cheeses cheeses wrapped so tightly? How come they don't have to breathe? What are they protecting them from? Find out in the next Artisanal e-newsletter!
- The Artisanal Staff

Last Time We Asked: How long can I leave my cheese out in room temperature before it goes bad?

Answer: We at Artisanal advise you to leave your cheese out at room temperature for at least an hour before enjoying it to let the flavors open up for you (larger cheeses might want to be left out for a couple hours). But how long before it is too long? Unlike most fresh dairy products such as cream or milk, some cheese can be left out even overnight at room temperature -- but not above about 75°F and not fresh, younger cheeses. The cheese will usually be a little softer than before but perfectly fine to eat; often it may taste even better! Think of what people did before refrigeration; they kept things cool in cellars and aged cheese in caves...though there are other dangers in leaving cheese out; dogs love cheese too, so if left unattended keep your cheeses out of their reach!

Addendum to last week's trivia question

Shelli Morton from Crystal Food Import gave us this tidbit on blue mold: ''Carles Roquefort is the ONLY Roquefort producer that still exclusively uses Rye bread to produce blue mold. Papillion uses 1/2 microbial and 1/2 Rye.'' Thanks Shelli!

Do you have a question for our trivia section, or some trivia of your own to share?
Send it to editor@artisanalcheese.com and we may use it in a future newsletter!

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