About the Greek Cheese Galotiri
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Galotiri is a Greek soft table cheese that is made of goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, or a combination of both. Galotiri Greek cheese is produced in Thessaly and Epirus. The sheep and goats are raised traditionally and have adapted to their diet of local flora. Galotiri Greek cheese has PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status.
Galotiri is thought to be one of the oldest traditional cheeses produced in Greece. The milk is first heated to boiling point before being left to sit in containers at room temperature for 24 hours. Salt is then added to the milk, which will sit for another 2 – 3 days during which it may be stirred from time to time to promote acidity.
The milk is then put into different containers, with or without the addition of rennet and kept in a room that sits at 80 degrees Celsius for at least two months. Galotiri is mainly produced in August using the fatty summer milk of the goats and sheep.
The name galotiri comes from galo meaning milk and tyri, which means cheese. The typical composition of galotiri Greek cheese is 70% moisture, 13.8% fat, and 9.8% protein. Galotiri cheese doesn’t travel well, so it isn’t well-known outside of Greece. It is a soft, milky, and rindless curd cheese.
The aroma of Galotiri is slightly sour. Its taste is also slightly sour while also being herb-like. Galotiri cheese is perfect for spreading on bread or crackers. It pairs well with raki and ouzo. As a lower fat and calorie cheese than many others, it can make an ideal addition to a snack. It is also a good alternative to cottage cheese. Galotiri can replace feta in recipes that call for it.
Type of Greek Cheese
Galotiri Greek cheese is a soft table cheese that is milky and rindless. It is made from the milk of goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, or a combination of both. Galotiri is a curd cheese. Traditionally, galotiri is made using sheep’s milk and salt.
Where Galotiri Greek Cheese is Produced
Galotiri Greek cheese is produced in Epirus and Thessaly.
Galotiri Greek Cheese Flavor Description
Galotiri Greek cheese is slightly sour and salty with an herb-like flavor. The aroma of the cheese is also a bit sour.
Facts About Galotiri Greek Cheese
- Galotiri Greek cheese is produced in Epirus and Thessaly
- Galotiri is one of the oldest traditional cheese still produced in Greece
- The name galotiri comes from galo meaning “milk” and tyri meaning “cheese”
- Today, galotiri Greek cheese is mostly produced in the month of August using the animals fatty summer milk
- Galotiri is mainly produced by farmers at their homes
- Galotiri Greek cheese has a short shelf life
- Though sour to the taste, galotiri cheese is very refreshing
Galotiri Greek cheese has PDO status and is made in the regions of Epirus and Thessaly. When you’re in the area, you will want to try this old, traditional cheese.
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