About the French cheeses

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different sorts of cheeses,goat cheeses are on the left,only a part of the Lassausaie restaurant's cheese tray.On the right top is a Swiss cheese called TĂȘte de Moine with an apparatus called girolle to cut it.

                         France is home to a very large variety of cheeses(the number varies from 250 to over 1000!).They can be classified according the type,the food-processing and the protected designation of origin.

The TYPES are fresh cheese,processed cheese,blue cheese,hard or semi-hard,soft cheese with surface mould,soft cheese with washed rind,soft cheese with natural rind,pressed and unheated cheese,pressed and heated cheese.

The 4 CATEGORIES OF FOOD- PROCESSING

  1. fermier:cheese produced in the farm and with the milk of the farm only.
  2. artisanal:cheese made with the milk of the farm and other local farms in small quantities.
  3. cooperative:dairy with local milk producers.
  4. industriel:factory-made cheese from local,regional and national milk.

PROTECTED DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

AOC a French label,AOP a EU label    see NEXT ENTRY!

THE ORIGIN OF THE MILK:

Mostly cow's milk,sometimes from sheep like the Roquefort of Aveyron and Etorki of Basq country or from goats like the Crottin de Chavignol or the Picodon.

Different cheeses,the square is an Italian one named Taleggio Bergamo province,part of Lassausaie restaurant's tray

THE QUALITY OF THE MILK:

            -raw,unpasteurized

            -pasteurized 

WINE PAIRING: QUASI NONE!!!

                  because I'm not a great connoisseur of wines(I know only some French ones) and cos I usually eat strong cheeses with penetrating smell which may denaturate the wine,I often don't worry about it!!!If you cry foul,I don't care!

If red wine is often paired with cheeses,a white wine(even sweet!!) can also be suitable(with 70% of the French cheeses).

You can check about wine pairing:

 

      -http://www.

the "limited" Bocuse's cheese board
terroir-france.com/wine/cheese.htm

      -www.gourmetsleuth.com/cpairing.htm

      -www.frencheese.co.uk/cheesepairing

 

 

       For gourmets and gourmands who want to buy :www.teddingtoncheese.co.uk www.cheeseonline.fr/cheesemonger    www.amazon.com/Gourmet-Cheese-Food

http://androuet.com

 

                        About French cheeses:

          -http://androuet.com

          -www.fromages.com

          -www.teddingtoncheese.co.uk

          -www.cheese-france.com

Apurva_N says:
Great stuff... I love cheese and have been regularly devouring cheeses for two decades... Now this blog makes me want to go to France immediately.... :)
Posted on: Sep 16, 2013
rotorhead85 says:
Thanks Bernard!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2009
klaartje1968 says:
I like goat's cheese and I just adore cheese fondue!!!
Posted on: Jun 21, 2009
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