Browse our great selection of International Gourmet Raw Milk Cheese. A cheese is considered a raw milk cheese when the milk used to produce that cheese, prior to setting the curd, has not been heated above 104°F. According to FDA regulations raw milk cheeses must be aged for 60 days or longer at a temperature of not less than 35°F. Is raw-milk cheese safe, does it taste better – a debate that is not going away any time soon if ever. Some believe that raw milk cheese does taste better; that the complexity of the organisms naturally occurring in raw milk deepens the flavor; that pasteurized cheeses can't really approach that. Others believe that the risk of contamination is too great and that many pasteurized cheeses are excellent and often award-winning while competing head-to-head with their raw milk brothers. The debate rages among cheese gourmands; try some raw milk cheeses and let us know what you think by giving us your opinion in a product review.
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Idiazabal is originally produced high in the Pyrenees above Pamplona. This rustic Spanish gourmet sheep's milk cheese was often smoked in the rafters of the shepherds' huts. Today, it is made all over the Basque country in both factory and farmstead, from unpasteurized milk.
Idiazabal is produced in small drum shapes in varying sizes. The rind of this gourmet cheese is pale yellow in color and quite hard. The paste is creamy white and fairly compact with a few small holes. Smoked cheeses achieve a wonderful golden-brown color and dark ivory paste during its 5 months maturation.
This smoked gourmet cheese has a delicately smoky, fudge-like aroma and flavor but with the farmyard like tang coming through quite strongly and remaining in the mouth for some time. read more...