Seirass del Fen cheese

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Seirass del Fen cheese

The name Seirass, Séras or Seré derives from the Latin Seracium and is the local name for Ricotta in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. The product has many different forms in the region, ranging from rounded cones to cylinders or an upturned basket shape. When dried and salted, it may have a roundish shape and varies in weight.

The cheesemaking technique is the classic Ricotta method - the whey is heated to 90°C - with the difference that Seirass del Fen whey comes from mountain dairy milk used to make Toma cheese. As is well-known, the whey of soft cheeses produces soft Ricottas while whey from cooked cheeses gives a more solid product. It is also difficult to obtain ricotta from pasteurised milk naturally. After 12-36 hours, the Seirass is taken out of its moulds or cloths and kneaded by hand with white salt. It is then exposed to the atmosphere. This operation is repeated several times. The cheeses are then placed in a dry, well-ventilated room to dry, after which they are wrapped in freshly cut hay (fieno or fen). In some cases, the Seirass is also lightly smoked.

Body: the fresh cheese has a delicate, lumpy body while the mature version has a firm, translucent, brownish-white or straw-white body.

Height/weight: varying from 2-5 kg.

Territory of origin: Seirass is made almost everywhere in Piedmont but hay maturing is typical of the valleys around Pinerolo

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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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