Brie de Melun cheese

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Brie de Melun cheese
  • Description

Brie de Melun is an AOP soft cheese made from raw cows’ milk with a fine crust covered in a felt-like white coating lightly marked with red. Brie de Melun is produced in the form of a flat cylinder with an average weight of 1-5 kg.

  • Geography

The Brie region, a fertile clay plateau, plus some adjacent communes belonging to the départments of Aube and Yonne. The area in which Brie de Melun may be produced corresponds to its original home area, characterised by humid valleys. The traditional techniques once used on the farm have been preserved and are still used by the production units, which have remained small craft businesses, and the refiners, who pass on skills which help to determine the qualities of the finished product.

  • History

It seems that Brie de Melun, of very ancient origin, is the ancestor of all Brie cheeses and that, like its cousin the Brie de Meaux. It was appreciated by rulers and eulogised by writers and poets. So as to safeguard its specific qualities and the skills involved in a particularly painstaking and delicate production process, the producers of Brie de Melun applied in 1978 for the Appellation d'Origine Controlée and obtained it in August 1980.

  • Production

Once the rennet has been added, the milk undergoes coagulation for at least 18 hours. The curds are put into moulds manually with a ladle and drain for around 36 hours. After its removal from the mould, the cheese is dry-salted, which is always done by hand, then put into the cellar, where it matures for at least four weeks.

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Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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