about goat cheese
Goat milk is often consumed by young children, the elderly, those who are ill, or have a low tolerance to cow's milk. Goat milk is more similar to human milk than that of the cow, although there is large variation among breeds in both animals. Although the West has popularized the cow, goat milk and goat cheese are preferred dairy products in much of the rest of the world. Because goat cheese is often made in areas where refrigeration is limited, aged goat cheeses are often heavily treated with salt to prevent decay. As a result, salt has become associated with the flavor of goat cheese.
Goat cheese has been made for thousands of years, and was probably one of the earliest made dairy products. In the most simple form, goat cheese is made by allowing raw milk to naturally curdle, and then draining and pressing the curds. Other techniques use an acid (such as vinegar or lemon juice) or rennet to coagulate the milk. Soft goat cheeses are made in kitchens all over the world, with cooks hanging bundles of cheesecloth filled with curds in the warm kitchen for several days to drain and cure. If the cheese is to be aged, it is often brined so it will form a rind, and then stored in a cool cheese cave for several months to cure.
Goat cheese softens when exposed to heat, although it does not melt in the same way many cow cheeses do. Firmer goat cheeses with rinds are sometimes baked in an oven to form a warm viscous form of the cheese.
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Martuni village, Gegharkunik region, Armenia
Be the witness of the cheese making process which lasts for 3 months just within 45 minutes. We organize master classes of goat cheese making for tourists or other people interested in that process.
The making: the recipe of making “motal” cheese (cheese which is kept in the goatskin while preparing) from the goat milk has been known in different mountainous regions of Armenia for centuries. It is made of exclusively natural coagulant. The master classes are conducted by an experienced master with a comprehensible performance.
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This website was created in 2016 within the frameworks of the program “Promotion to the Development of Tourism in Chambarak Area of Gegharkunik Region” which is implemented by “Cross of Armenian Unity” NGO with the funding of “Armenian Caritas”.