The cheese world is full of controversies, especially when it comes to how milk is processed during cheese making. To make your life easier, we're introducing a new option on LeCheese to help you search, filter, and distinguish these different types. But before we show you this, let's talk about each one of these milk treatments.
What is Raw Milk Cheese? 🐮
When cheeses are made from raw milk, it means that they have not been heated to a specific high temperature for a certain amount of time.
They are not widely available due to safety concerns outlined by many governmental agencies including the USDA, FDA and Centers for Disease Control.
Raw milk cheese has been eaten for centuries in Europe, and it's believed to contain a richer flavor profile. For example, the famous Parmigiano Reggiano can’t be called Parmigiano Reggiano unless it’s made from raw milk.
What is Pasteurized Cheese? 👩🔬
Pasteurization is a simple heating and cooling process, discovered in the nineteenth century by French chemist Louis Pasteur, that makes milk safe to drink for all people.
This process kills off any pathogenic bacteria that could be potentially harmful. It also extends the shelf life of dairy products. Although pasteurization kills bad bacteria, it also kills the good bacteria that give some raw milk cheeses their unique, complex flavors.
What is Thermized Cheese? 🔥
Cheese made from thermized milk means that it has been heated to a temperature between 57 and 68ºC (135 to 154.4ºF) for at least 15 seconds. This process kills some, but not all, of the natural bacteria and enzymes in milk, keeping more of the natural flavors in the milk than pasteurization. This milk is not technically raw, but is technically unpasteurized.
This process is a good balance between using pasteurized and raw milk, since the slow heating is considered enough to kill off any potentially dangerous bacteria, while still leaving most of the flavors that would have normally been destroyed at 68°C.
How can you search for each type?
Regardless of your favorite milk treatment, we're making it easier for you to search for them.
Here's a video on how you can filter milk treatment on the LeCheese site.
And here's how you can find milk treatment information in the LeCheese mobile app.