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Oct 28, 2007 01:49 PM

Raw Milk Cheese

Hi, can someone tell me which cheeses available in U.S. are made with raw milk? Thanks.

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    1. Organic Valley has some raw milk cheeses and is easy to find in most supermarkets. I am addicted to their sharp cheddar.

      1. Raw milk cheeses have to be aged at least 60 days to be sold in the U.S. Most that you will find are aged considerably longer. Lots of quality cheddars, both from the US and Britain. Many cheeses from Europe. The biggest problem for me is that it is illegal to bring in the really great Brie's and Camembert's.

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        1. re: davebough

          It may be illegal to import (i.e. commercially) such cheeses, but frequently I have brought back lots of quite fresh French whole milk cheeses as tourist items . I spoke with our DOA inspector at the international airport where I work, and he said they are worried about people bringing in meats and fresh farm products, but they don't worry about cheese.

          If you are leaving for Europe, you could always stop by the DOA office on your way out to verify their interpretation of the rules.

        2. A word of caution. Some stores label a cheese as raw milk when it is not. Gourmet Garage sells Epoisse from the Burgundy region of France. The sign says it's raw milk but if you read the box it says "lait entier" which means whole milk. The raw versions say "lait cru", and are far superior. I used to order it from a company in france, but they can no longer ship it to the US and are selling the whole milk version. Very unfortunate.

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            1. re: rrems

              Thanks for the info. Which brings me to one question - I have seen little buttons called Tru de Cru, which is brownish in color. I haven't tried in but was told it's basically a mini Epoisse. I don't know French, but w the word Cru in the name, does it mean it's raw milk?

              1. re: tarepanda

                Probably. But it might also just be the name of the cheese. If it's really a raw milk cheese it should say "lait cru" somewhere on the label or package. Or you can ask the cheesemonger. It's probably delicious, though!

            2. I don't know if these are available outside of Houston, but these women have more than one raw milk cheese, and they are very good! I especially liked the Texas Star aged cheddar.