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Santo Stefano traditional cheese

Santo Stefano traditional cheese
San Stè Cheese
Santo Stefano traditional cheese
Cheese
PAT - Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs


Production area
Upper Val d'Aveto (GE)

Product features
Regular cylindrical shape, weight from 3 to 18 kilos according to the size of the round. Elastic and smooth thin rind, from straw yellow to brown according to the maturation degree. Straw yellow texture, with characteristic small and widespread holes. Characteristic milk aroma for the minimum maturation period; fragrant and intense, almost bitter, when mature.

  • How to prepare it
    The fat cheese with a semi-cooked texture is produced with whole cow's milk mainly coming from Bruna, Cabannina, and Meticcia cow breeds. The maturation process lasts at least two months. Milk is partially skimmed before undergoing coagulation with calf's rennet. The coagulation temperature is about 32/35°C.
    The coagulation process lasts about 2 hours. Traditional processing includes the following stages: curd breaking with a wooden stick and curd gathering with the skimmer in a cloth placed in a mold. The product is worked by hand to be crushed, squeezed, and pressed, so that all the serum comes out. Then it gets salted and put under the press for 2/3 days. Then it is dry salted for a few days. Afterwards, the maturation period begins in special premises with a cellar temperature (15°C) and a relative humidity not lower than 60%.
The Producers
  Caseificio Val d'Aveto
Cheese Factories - Rezzoaglio (GE)
  Becci Giovanna
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Cella Maddalena
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Fugazzi Maria Grazia
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Maber
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Mazza Domenico
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Mooretti
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Sartu
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Tosi Giuseppino
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Tosi Maria
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)
  Tosi Simone
Agricultural Holdings - Santo Stefano d'Aveto (GE)

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