Creamy DOP Manchego

Creamy and complex, this is the “family reserve” Manchego from Artequeso, made from raw milk from sheep on the farm. 750g quarter wheel.

Creamy DOP Manchego

$33.00 ($20.00/lb)

Out of Stock

Artequeso Farmstead Semi Curado 6 Month cheese has a rich, buttery, distinctive, yet mild flavor with a lingering aftertaste. Raw milk makes for a creamier cheese, more complex, persistent and developed flavor. Artequeso uses only Raw Milk for their artisanal Cheeses. The Farmstead variety uses milk from the family farm only.

The cheesemaking process begins by collecting fresh milk straight from the Manchega Sheep right on the farm. Such proximity assures a consistent quality in crafting artisanal cheese from the culturing to coagulation to draining of the whey.

All natural, preservative-free animal Rennet is added to coagulate the milk. From there the curd is put in molds and pressed to remove any excess whey and give it its shape. This process lasts from 5-7 hours, much longer than industrial Manchego cheese. During this time the lactic bacteria that are present in the raw milk have time to develop. No preservatives such as Egg Lysozyme or Natamycin are used.

The fresh cheese is placed in a salt bath (all natural sea salt with no anti caking agents) where just the right amount is absorbed. The cheese is then removed and the maturation process begins.

During the maturation process an all-natural, antibiotic free coating is applied to protect the cheese from developing mold while preserving the natural flavor and freshness. 

Pair this Semi Curado with a young, sweet or dry white wine or your favorite IPA.

We buy Artequeso Manchego in full 3kg rounds and cut them into quarters as you order. Your vacuum-packed quarter round will weigh about one pound eleven ounces.