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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Our Featured Gourmet Raw Milk Cheese
Melkbus 149 Truffle is a delicious Dutch raw cow's milk cheese that has shavings of Italian Black Truffles added to the cheese just prior to pressing and shaping of the cheese. These truffle shavings are clearly visible as the shavings of black truffles stand out in the light yellow cheese.
The milk comes from a small family dairy farm located outside the city of Gouda in the Netherlands and when the cheese is ready to mature is moved to a 98-year-old aging facility located in the center of Gouda, where it will age for 10 weeks, in a natural environment on wooden boards. During the aging process, the flavors from the truffles penetrate the cheese and create a special gourmet cheese that has an earthy flavor with notes of walnuts.
The name 'Melkbus' is Dutch for 'Milk Can' and refers to the traditional metal milk cans that were used in the past to collect and transport milk from the dairy to the cheese making or milk processing facilities. These milk cans are similar to those that were used here in the US before the advent of large milk transport trucks. Each farm in the Netherlands had a unique number, printed on the Melkbus, so it was known to the Dairies as to where the milk came from as well as where to return the empty cans to for cleaning and re-use.
We cut and wrap this cheese to order in wedges of 1 pound and 8 ounces. read more...