TIRED of being confined to a limited selection of cheeses to enjoy and to cook with? Soon, there will be a wide variety of soft and soft-ripened, semi-hard, hard and Hispanic style cheeses available in the Philippine market. All these shall come from the state of California in the United States of America, and the choices are truly wide and varied.
Just recently, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which represents California’s 1,300 dairy farm families, held a cheese tasting affair to introduce California cheeses to Filipinos. Made from fresh California milk produced by happy cows specially cared for by farmers in the ideal climate of the state, California cheeses do not scrimp on ingredients, thus making them more flavorful than other cheese brands.
For the cheese tasting event, Joe Baird, CMAB cheese expert and consultant for respected dairy organizations in America, discussed how California cheeses reign supreme over other cheeses and how they make dishes more flavorful in a unique way.
“California cheeses are packed with natural flavors that make your dish stand out. Smoked cheeses give your taste buds a nice kick when incorporated in salads or sandwiches, besides giving off an enticing aroma that whets your appetite. Meanwhile, aged cheeses tend to have a sharper taste, which is good for soups. They also have a longer shelf life so they can be stored for a while,” Baird says.
“If you’re looking for milk, cheese or other dairy products in the supermarkets, look for the Real California Milk seal. These products are packed with flavor because they are produced by well-fed cows from family farms in California. Major supermarkets are already carrying a variety of cheeses, and we will be introducing more products such as yogurt and yogurt drinks as well as new ice cream flavors later this year,” explains Reji Retugal-Onal, CMAB country representative for the Philippines.
California dairy products are available in leading supermarkets, such as S&R, Robinsons Supermarket and SM.