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Ask the Monger: Is there a difference between “raw” and “pasteurized”?


 Is there a difference between “raw”and “pasteurized”? There sure is!  The differences are both technical and aesthetic. Let’s start with the technical difference between raw milk and pasteurized milk cheeses. In the United States, as in most countries, the term “pasteurized” is appropriate when the milk used to make cheese has been heat-treated according to […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day


April 20 is the 5th annual Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day! Here’s how you can celebrate the history-laden and microbe-rich goodness of raw milk cheese.

Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy of North Yorkshire, England

The Risks and Rewards of Raw Milk Cheese


Does raw milk cheese pose a risk to health? And does it really taste better? Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy in the UK tells all. From Parmigiano Reggiano and Roquefort to Brie de Meaux and Comté, many of the iconic, traditional European cheeses proudly state they must be made with raw milk—and as many […]

Roquefort Rebel

The Roquefort Rebel


Will Studd, cheese expert and host of Cheese Slices,  brings us the tale of how Roquefort was nearly erased from Australian cheese counters, and how he changed history. It’s been more than two decades since Australian authorities announced that regulations allowing the sale of raw milk cheese after a 90 day holding period would be […]

Ask the Monger: Does Cheese Have Probiotics?


Does cheese have probiotics? Probiotics are having a moment. Walk into most grocery stores today and you’ll see a large section devoted to these life-giving bacteria. But what are probiotics—and why the sudden focus? Here’s the skinny: Probiotics are living microorganisms, like bacteria and yeasts, that function on many levels, but they’re thought to be […]