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Sep 5, 2008 01:39 PM

Are there any buffalo milk cheeses BESIDES mozzarella

after reading a previos thread on this site I rembered a question that I had always wondered about namely is buffalo milk used to make any cheeses BESIDES mozzarella, I beive I heard of marscapone di bufala once (though tecnically marscapone is really a dairy product not a cheese). Likewise since I undersat that real Italian provolone is made by rubbing a large mozzarella with salt, tying ropes around it and leaving it hanging to dry and age, there should be such a thing as provolone di bufala(though I dont think I've ever seen such a thing). But what about other cheeses, are there buffalo milk granas (hard cheeses like parmesan) buffalo washed rind cheeses (a la tallegio) Buffalo Blues? buffalo bries? does anybody out there know?

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  1. I've had buffalo ricotta that was excellent, and I've seen an English cheese called "Buffalo" which is one of the only hard buffalo cheeses. In Italy they make a buffalo caciotta and burrata, as well as more variations on aged mozzarella, but not provolone. And in India buffalo milk is sometimes used for paneer.

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    1. re: almansa

      Is paneer buffalo or water buffalo? Is there a difference?

      1. re: babette feasts

        Water buffalo. As far as I know, there aren't any readily available bison cheeses, but I'm sure anything's possible on the web.

    2. There is fair amount of bison farmed (ranched?) near me so I can get several kinds of bison cheese. Recently I had a great buffalo smoked gouda that was amazing just melted onto baguette. Also the lovely little bistro in my neighbourhood often makes a salad with buffalo blue cheese which is pretty ymmy but tres cher (expensive).

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      1. re: pengcast

        while at Murray's today (the Bleeker street branch) I bumped into a buffalo milk blue cheese. Was a bit to mild for my taste (a bit like a younge Blue d' Auvergene or Fourme d' Ambert) but at least it's a start

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        1. I've seen but haven't tasted a Parmigiano made from buffalo milk...

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          1. re: MikeG

            Where? Who dares to use the sacred name of parmigiano for something else? The generic term for parmigiano-like cheeses is grana. In any case, I'd be interested to know what it is you saw.

            1. re: mbfant

              Could be I've made a mistake, are you saying "Parmigiano" can only be made from cows' milk? Before I name the store I'll look again and pay closer attention...

              1. re: MikeG

                Yes parmigiano, actually parmigiano-reggiano, is only cow, only from a specific area, and only a whole lot else. That doesn’t mean the name isn't misused, but it certainly isn't used in Italy for anything except the real thing. And the European Commission has recognized Parmesan as a translation of parmigiano, and so it can't be used for imitations either. Grana is the generic term for that kind of cheese, e.g., grana padano (also cow).

                1. re: mbfant

                  I've seen that cheese too (in fact I've seen it for quite some time now, at least six months) and yes, every place where I seen it offered does indeed call it "Parmigiano di bufala" Where it ultimately comes from, I have no idea. To me it tastes more or less like the cow's milk ones, but I am not exactly a tastemaster of Parmigiano's.

                  1. re: mbfant

                    Parmigiano di Bufala sounds bizarre to me, but here are some results from a quick google search:


                    I have never seen this product (I'm in NYC) but it appears to be available in Australia and Spain...
                    I am curious to know your thoughts on this.

                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                      Try Todaro brothers on 2nd ave in the 30's, that's where I found it. I think I've seen it at Murray's too though whether are Murrays Grand Central or Murray's Bleeker I cant remember

                    2. re: mbfant

                      OK, I know Parmigiano-Reggiano is a DOC (or equivalent) but I thought maybe the buffalo milk version was a niche subproduct or something. Will post back to more accurately ID what I saw the next time I see it, I might've mixed up the signage for P-R sitting right next to it or something - it was definitely a grana of some name, just not sure which at this point...

                  2. re: mbfant

                    OK, I don't know if it's fair to compare its quality to the sacred Parmigiano-Reggiano's or not, but what I saw was Sovrano cheese with a sign identifying it as such in larger letters, but then also calling it "bufala parmigiano" -- like that, in quotes with a lowercase P -- underneath that. (There's a bit of blurb to go with it but I didn't stop to read that.) So, no serious profanity re the P-R DOC, and only moderate linguistic confusion re the "subtitle".

                    1. re: MikeG

                      Evidently parmigiano is being used as shorthand to describe the kind of cheese in question. I found what must be the same cheese for sale on eBay, and the Italian-language offering was for hard aged cheese of buffalo milk, and under "type" was given parmigiano, grana, and something else, without ever suggesting the cheese could remotely be called parmigiano. The two links cited by vvvindaloo are not Italian. One is sort of Italian, an Italian menu in Barcelona, but neither can be taken as any kind of authority. Parmigiano remains a cow-milk cheese from a specific geographic area produced according to certain standards.

                      1. re: mbfant

                        While the two links I provided were not to Italian sites, the references to the cheese in these links implied that the cheese was a product in and of itself- not a 'style". This was perplexing to me, as I would never expect such an official product to exist. I also would not hold my breath while looking for Italian sites containing such a reference. It is clear to me that the term, "Parmigiano di Bufala" is being used very loosely as a marketing ploy to refer to a famous type of cheese. Italians know they won't get away with flaunting the strictly enforced rules concerning food origin certification.
                        I was surprised to find anything online at all.

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          Here it is:

                          The cheese, called Sovrano, is produced by Granamore in Lombardia... as suspected, it is cheese being promoted as made in the "parmigiano style" (with some cow's milk mixed in), and not actuall called Parmigiano.

                          I picked up a piece at Citarella today, in case anyone is curious about where to find it. I can't say I'm too crazy about it- I agree that the texture is similar to a young Reggiano, but the flavor is much less rich, and it leaves a somewhat sour aftertaste.

                          1. re: vvvindaloo

                            This cheese is being sold at the Italian market in Windsor ON as "PARMEGGIANO SOVRANO
                            CON LATTE DI BUFALA"
                            Yes they really spelled it that way.
                            It's not Parmesan but I rather like it.

                2. The Filipinos also make a cheese from water buffalo milk called kesong puti (trans. "white cheese). It is a salty, slightly sour soft cheese with a flavor in between that of feta and goat cheese. The cheese is often wrapped in banana leafs, which not only protects the contents from spoilage, but also lends the cheese a slightly grassy taste.