INTERNATIONAL RAW MILK CHEESE APPRECIATION DAY is Saturday, October 16, 2021!
Check out @OldwaysCheese and #rawcheeseday on social media to connect and ﬁnd out more!
Since 1999, Oldways and a group of dedicated producers, importers, retailers, and cheese lovers have advocated to preserve raw milk cheeses around the world. In 2020, the Oldways Cheese Coalition held the 6th Annual International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day to highlight the diversity and deliciousness of cheeses made with raw milk. Raw milk cheeses have unique ﬂavors and histories and carry on traditional cheesemaking practices. In 2020, people around the world entered the #RawCheeseDay contest, attended Instagram Lives and in-person events, visited local cheese counters, enjoyed tasty raw milk cheeses, and followed along on social media. We plan to do similar activities in 2021.
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Learn More About Raw Milk Cheese
Raw milk cheeses are made with milk that has not been pasteurized, or heat-treated. Pasteurization removes many of the fungi spores, yeasts, and microorganisms that make a cheese unique. There are delicious pasteurized cheeses, but raw milk cheeses are worth celebrating for their complexity of ﬂavor, diversity, and history.
The quality of the ingredients, the extreme care taken by producers, and the natural cheese aging process ensure that raw milk cheeses are a safe choice. Their producers represent years, even decades, of knowledge and thoughtful cheese-making.
Interested in learning more? Here’s a good place to start: Things to Look for in a Traditional Cheese.