Archive for the 'low salt' Category

Never underestimate a Greek Cheese!

February 12, 2014

Greeks eat more cheese per capita than any other nation in the world, so it is worth exploring the variety that exists. Graviera Kritis (PDO) is a lovely sheep’s milk cheese from the mountainous regions of Crete. Delicious and nutty, affordable, and low sodium to boot, this cheese is always a good buy.

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Parmigiano Reggiano – One of the great Kings of Cheese

July 14, 2012

One of the great Kings of Cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is a classic Italian hard cheese. Extremely versatile, it’s a staple in any household. This particular specimen was aged 30 months- a delectable treat for you to savour, one crunchy bit at a time!

Fresh Ricotta, comfort on a spoon

March 17, 2012

Fresh ricotta is something special, worth the wait for a Saturday morning visit to your favourite Italian market to get it still warm, fresh from the cheesemaker. Comfort on a spoon

Manouri, it’s a beautiful thing

July 11, 2011


Manouri is a fresh white cheese with PDO status made from the drained whey in feta production. Very creamy, low in salt, this cheese is excellent for use in both savoury and sweet applications.

What is PDO Status you might ask?

PDO: Protected Designation of Origin (the initials are the same in some cases, translated into other languages, and in France, it is AOC – Appelation d’Origine Controllee (pardon my lack of proper accents)).

Some cheeses have legally protected names which certifies a few facts such as:

The origin – the milk is produced and the cheese is made in a precise geographical region.

That traditional cheesemaking methods are employed which usually go back thousands of years, (i.e. produce by season, bury underground, etc) resulting in a unique character for that cheese.

That certain characteristics can be regulated (shape, size, texture, rind, minimum fat content)

The governing country guarantees authenticity and quality; producers submit to approval by a commission.

In short, a PDO or AOC or DO certified cheese is an indication of quality, imitators need not apply.

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