Caciotta of Urbino joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) which was issued on 21 June 1996.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the Marche region.
The real Casciotta d’Urbino PDO is produced exclusively in the territory of the province of Pesaro-Urbino, according dairy techniques of ancient roots, established over the centuries, rigidly regulated.
The Casciotta d’Urbino PDO is fat cheese, partially cooked, made with whole sheep’s milk in varying degrees from a low of 70% to a maximum of 80%, and whole cow’s milk for the remaining 20-30% from two daily milkings. The milk is coagulated at a temperature of approximately 35 ° C with liquid rennet and / or powder. The cheese is subjected to a manual pressing with characteristic technique, in suitable molds.
Salting is carried out dry, or alternating the brine to dry salting. The maturation period is estimated at 20-30 days at a room temperature of 10-14 ° C and with a humidity of 80-90%. E ‘used as a table cheese and has the following product characteristics and organoleptic characteristics: height of 5 to 7 cm; diameter from 12 to 16 cm, cylindrical in shape with rounded sides down, weighing about 800 grams forms smaller, about 1200 grams of the larger forms, paste color: white-pale, flavor: sweet, characteristic of milk of origin. The structure of the dough has occhieggiatura mild, soft, friable, the crust is thin thickness of about 1 mm., While the outer package has straw color.
The maturation of the cheese is quite rapid, and therefore does not undergo further maturation. As for the flavor is naturally sweet but full, pleasantly acidulino, pleasant. Unmistakable is the typical, thin, good aromatic fragrance, as his young life highlights particularly the aromatic component of milk.
To avoid the possible occurrence of mold (which undoubtedly is a further sign of naturalness of the product); part of the production of Casciotta d’Urbino PDO is specially coated with a transparent wax and polish that protects the crust.


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