Salva Cremasco becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released December 23, 2011.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Lombardy.
Save the name became established when the dairymen cremaschi used to “save” the excess milk producing this cheese. Salva Cremasco PDO is a soft table cheese raw paste, made exclusively with whole cow’s milk, washed rind, with a minimum aging of 75 days. The area of ​​production of the Salva Cremasco PDO includes the entire territory of the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi and Milan, within which must be all the operations of the production of milk, cheese and seasoning. The product is presented as a rectangular parallelepiped shape with:
Flat face of the side between 11 and 13 cm, or between 17 or 19 cm
Barefoot right between 9 and 15 cm
Weighing between 1.3 Kg. A 5 Kg
Crust thin, smooth sometimes flourished, medium consistency with the presence of characteristic microflora
Pasta with rare holes distributed irregularly. He tends to compact consistency, crumbly, softer in the immediately below the crust. Color white to pale with increasing maturation. The flavor of the pasta is aromatic and intense with connotations more pronounced with the passage of the seasoning.
During the maturation period, which lasts for a minimum of 75 days, the shape is frequently turned over and treated with a cloth soaked in saline solution or brushed dry, in order to maintain the characteristics of the crust, helping to take the form the typical color. Is not allowed any treatment of the crust, subject to the sponge with water and salt, and the possible use of cooking oil and herbs.


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