How To Buy Grana Padano Cheese
Grana Padano cheese is a long-established, co-operative, unpasteurized, hard cheese, being produced since the 12th century. If you love cheese you ought to know how to buy Grana Padana. This cheese, more popularly known as “Parmesan," originates from the Po River Valley of Italy and the name ‘Grana Padano’ is a registered trademark given only when the cheese is from this area.
Tips To Buy Grana Padano
Grana Padano is produced with partially skimmed, raw cows’ milk. The milk produced in the evening is skimmed to eliminate the surface layer of cream and is then blended with the fresh milk produced in the morning. Produced in a cylindrical shape, it is then cut and sold in wedges. It is made from the highest quality milk from cows that have been fed and raised under stringent guidelines.
When going shopping for Grana Padano cheese it is important to remember that this cheese is sold in three ripening stages. If the cheese is younger than 16 months the texture is creamy, only slightly grainy. If it has crossed 16 months you will find it to have a more prominent taste, with a crumblier texture and if over 20 months the cheese will be full flavored, grainy and crumbly.
This cheese should easily be found in the gourmet cheese section of any specialty store. The wonderful thing about Grana Padano cheese is that the taste lingers well without being overpowering. It has a lightly sweet, nutty flavor that be shaved over a salad or eaten in thick slices.
This cheese is fairly versatile and is ideally used for grating over pasta, salads or as a table cheese with nuts or grapes. It is also a great melting cheese for cooking. If Grana Padano cheese is being paired with wine it is suggested that a white wine be accompanied for the younger cheeses or a red wine for the more aged cheeses.
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