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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 […]

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An Interview with Andy and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm


  culture: How did you discover your love of cheese? Andy Kehler: We didn’t necessarily get into cheese because of some desire – the love for cheese came much later. We do what, we do because we love the place that we live in. In 1998, our little town lost 30% of its dairy farms. The loss […]

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Planet Cheese: This Is Progress?


Bronwen Percival and husband Francis believe “progress” is no friend to cheese. More than anything else, they say, they are arguing to avoid sameness.

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Voicings: Bronwen Percival


A proponent of microbial diversity, Bronwen Percival wants to usher in a future for cheese that’s far more scientific and controlled.

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Virginia is for (Cheese) Lovers


Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, with their fertile soil and mild climate, create an ideal terroir for raising dairy. Hence, the special taste of a Virginian cheese.

Raw-Milk Cheese: US Comes Of Age


Three raw-milk cheesemakers share their tales of battles won while producing cheese in an adverse regulatory environment.

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Does Dry Hay Mean Safer Raw-Milk Cheese?


Drying hay helps Jasper Hill Farm shape the microbiology of its cheese. Dry hay has helped it eliminate listeria completely from the milk supply.