Charolais cows are well known for their meat and other dairy uses. It is mostly found in the regions of France. Thy have more of red meat and less fat. They are also spelt as Charollais or Charolles. It is produced from its milk gets its name from the region of its origin and belongs to the soft cheese group. In its dried state it belongs to the strong cheese category. It is barrel shaped having concave sides. It has an acidic, salty yet sweet taste which leaves behind a lingering aftertaste. The cheese is found in fresh, semi dried and dried state. It has a subtle flavour of milk; saltiness and sweetness of its aroma sharpen while maturing. Charolais is greatly appreciated in its dry form.
Origin and Preparation Overview of Charolais Cheese
It has originated from the granite plains around Charolles region in France. They are mostly raised for their high quality meat and fine quality milk which is used in the preparation of this type of cheese. They are large muscled and weight about 2,500 pounds each. It is popular among the English people mostly for its pure white coat. In Australia and southern parts of US they are used for cross breeding.
Its production varies from farm to farm. Traditionally the cheese is prepared by mixing two portions of goat’s milk and one portion of cow’s milk. Rennet is then added to it and left to curdle for 24 hours in a dark place. It is mostly prepared in the spring and autumn months and is left to mature for two to six weeks till it gets a refined texture. Charolais is generally uncooked and unpressed having a cylindrical shape. It gets a natural blue and white mould on its rind leaving behind a creamy white interior. Adding this item to a palate is like adding pleasure.
Nutritive Value of Charolais Cheese and its Buying and Storing
The cheese produced by using Charolais milk is a creamy dairy product. It is rich in calcium, sodium and phosphorus. It contains a good amount of potassium and small amounts of zinc, selenium and iron. It is richly loaded with vitamin A and chorine. It has 45% fat content. 100gms of this cheese contains about 349 calories and 306 fats. Some of its health benefits are that it reduces the risk of heart diseases, osteoporosis, tooth decay and hypertension. Eating in large quantities is considered harmful for health. Small portion can be added in protein shakes. Those suffering from obesity problems need to refrain from this product.
Buying and Storing
Dried form of this cheese is mostly available in 200gms pack in supermarkets. It is a must to check how the cheese is packed and whether it is plastic or not, since it suffocates the cheese and changes its taste. Storing it in an air tight container is the best option. Fresh ones cannot be stored for a very long time as it dries very fast. Charolais tastes best when served with chilled wine.