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Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Wednesday, November 9th 2011. | Culinary

Here the list of 5 most expensive cheese in the world. Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese is produced throughout the world in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms. Cheese consists of proteins and fat from milk. It is produced by coagulation of the milk protein casein. Typically, the milk is acidified and addition of the enzyme rennet causes coagulation. The solids are separated and pressed into final form

 

5. Gorau Glas – $40/pound

Gorau Glas Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Most Expensive Cheese Gorau Glas

Gorau Glas cheese one of the most expensive cheese is a soft blue cheese made at Caws Gorau Glas farm with cows’ milk from the familys’ dairy herd on Anglesey. It is an expensive cheese and certainly in 2003 was one of the UKs’ most expensive cheese. It’s won awards all over Europe and is quite labor-intensive to produce, which we guess justifies its $40/pound price tag.

 

4. Bitto – $55.00/pound

Bitto Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Most Expensive Cheese Bitto

Its origins are rooted in Val Gerola and Val di Albaredo, two valleys in the province of Sondrio which were shaped by the stream that gives the name to the product. The most expensive cheese produced in these pasturelands, at an altitude between 1400 and 2000 m, maintains some special features. In order to exalt the quality of the cheese, the cattle breeders and dairymen make every effort to keep the traditional techniques alive. Moreover, they play an essential role in the conservation of the environment and of the alpine biodiversity. This most expensive cheese is the only cheese in the world that can ripen for over a decade, and one of the few that will run you as much as $55.00/pound.

 

3. Moose cheese – $500/pound

Moose cheese Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Most Expensive Cheese Moose cheese

Moose milk, also known as elk milk, refers to milk produced by moose (Alces alces). Though it is most commonly consumed by baby moose and most expensive cheese, its production has also been commercialised in Russia and Sweden. The three female moose were abandoned by their mother and taken in by the Johannson family. The moose only lactate three to five months of the year and require the most tender of handling during milking since disturbances can cause the animals to get flustered and “dry-up.” Each animal produces about a gallon of milk a day so the farm puts out about 660 pounds of buttery moose cheese a year.

 

2. Caciocavallo Podolico – $650/pound

Caciocavallo Podolico Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Most Expensive Cheese Caciocavallo Podolico

This most expensive cheeses is popular and widely used in southern Italy. Its name means “horse cheese.” Caciocavallo podolico is semi-hard, pear-shaped, pasta filata (pulled-curd) cheese. It is made using milk from the big podolica cow breed – an ancient Asian breed that reached Italy during the time of the Etruscans and today is raised only in the southern regions of Italy (Campania, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia). The flavor of the cheese varies based on where it is produced and the type of rennet used: the more delicate cheeses are made with veal rennet, the brighter cheeses with goat rennet.  The strange name of this cheese comes refers to how it is aged – hung as a pair in a hung over a wooden beam a cavallo (like a horse’s saddle.) The most expensive cheese has an oblong shape, a shiny rind and cream paste that yellows with aging and separates into layers. Pound for pound, Caciocavallo Podolco costs the same as its weight in silver, about $650/pound.

 

1. Ass (Donkey) Cheese – $700/pound

Ass Donkey Cheese Top 5 Most Expensive Cheese in the World

Most Expensive Cheese Ass (Donkey) Cheese

Home to 100 Balkan donkeys, the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve along the Zasavica River produces a smoked donkey’s milk cheese that they call “Pule.” They swear the obscene price of the cheese directly correlates to the value of the milk, which makes sense since one kilogram of cheese requires 25 liters of milk. This most expensive cheese is available on an advanced order basis and costs about $700/pound.

 



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