Tiroler Graukäse

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Tiroler Graukäse
  • Description

Tiroler Graukäse is a g.U. (Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnunghard) acid curd cheese made from Tyrolean cows’ milk, raw or pasteurised, usually low-fat milk, with no added rennet, only lactic acid precipitation.

Appearance: some mould veins, surface ripening (from outside inwards), sometimes mould on the surface, added salt and/or pepper.

Shape: small loaves or bars from 1 to about 4 kg.

External appearance: thin, bluish-grey to green-grey rind with slight map-like cracks.

Internal appearance: Colour from outside inwards grey to grey-green, marbled or with white centre; consistency at edges rather dry, when mature yellow and fatty towards the inside.

Taste: tartish, spicy to sharp.

Graukäse has a character specific to parts of the Tyrol: in the Upper Inn Valley it is fatty and well-matured, in the Lower Inn Valley it is curd-like and matures very slowly.

  • Geographical area

The cheese may only be made by authorised producers/processors as part of farm milk processing in the Austrian Bundesland of Tyrol (North Tyrol/East Tyrol).

  • Method of production

The milk is curdled by acidification and not by rennet. Maturation is from outside inwards, the consistency being usually somewhat dry at the edges; when mature the cheese is fatty towards the inside with a few unmatured pieces of curd.

  • Link

The production of Tiroler Graukäse has been a significant element of Tyrolean peasant gastronomy for centuries. Graukäse making has become widespread on farms for the following reasons:

-the cheese-making process is very simple

-production is possible on small farms

-the milk obtained on alpine pastures is excellently suited to this cheese

-the low-fat milk obtained during the production of butter finds a value enhancing use

-Graukäse has a firmly established role in many peasant recipes

Apart from the production process, it is above all the quality of the (mostly) raw milk used, which is derived from its bacteriology and its microchemical composition, that gives Tiroler Graukäse its delimited, regional character.

Reference: The European Commission

Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses

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For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g

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Goat cheese 364
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Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
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