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Why is there no pig's milk cheese?

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knucklesandwich Dec 19, 2012 06:42 PM

You grate pecorino on a sugo with lamb, parmesan on bolognese, and then you've got, like, 10 million recipes with pork and no appropriate cheese. What's up with that?

  1. Delucacheesemonger Dec 28, 2012 05:58 AM

    Answer l was always given was that pigs, unlike cows, sheep, goats, and others do not lactate without piglets to feed, as humans do not lactate without nursing babies, thus milk supply would not be as constant as other ruminants.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger
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      kengk Dec 30, 2012 01:19 PM

      Cows don't lactate without giving birth.
      I would suppose that a sow would continue to give milk if she were milked regularly. I think it could be done if somebody really wanted to. I will leave the opportunity to others.

      Anybody remember the Simpson's episode where Fat Tony had a room full of rats hooked up to milking machines to supply Springfield elementary school?

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      cheesemaestro Dec 20, 2012 08:32 AM

      This has been previously discussed on CH:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/322028

      Even if you could get a sow to cooperate with being milked, it would be extremely difficult to do it. Sows have many tiny teats, too small for human hands or a mechanical milker to grasp onto. A single teat gives a small quantity of milk, so it would be necessary to extract the milk from all of them to get enough. The time needed and the cost of labor wouldn't make it worthwhile.

      Beyond this, the composition of pig's milk makes it a poor candidate for cheesemaking. It doesn't contain the short-chain fatty acids that are so important to the development of flavor in cheese. It's also unclear if there is a suitable rennet that will coagulate the milk. Some animal milks do not coagulate easily.

      Someone wrote an article on the Internet claiming that a family in Tuscany makes a rich cheese from pig's milk and that he was invited to taste it. He wouldn't reveal anything about the whereabouts of this alleged cheesemaking operation. I'm not convinced that this isn't a hoax. He did suggest a great name for the cheese: Porcherino.

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        knucklesandwich Dec 29, 2012 08:01 AM

        Thank you, Maestro.

        1. re: cheesemaestro
          Ruth Lafler Dec 30, 2012 01:11 PM

          To put it more simply: pigs don't have udders.

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          lcool Dec 20, 2012 05:40 AM

          Mrs Oink Jones is not a warm and fuzzy kind of girl and a low milk producer.

          It isn't unheard of for the sow to eat part of a new born litter,even her own.This is an omnivore that if you take away the modern factory of pork production,will eat anything,plant or animal.Remove the factory,ring and electric fence you have an animal fierce,formidable enough to be almost predator proof.

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            sandylc Dec 19, 2012 06:43 PM

            Shouldn't the more accurate title be "How do you milk a pig"?

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              knucklesandwich Dec 19, 2012 06:50 PM

              I've seen sows nursing at the county fair. It doesn't look so hard. You just have to make them lie down.

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                Jeri L Dec 19, 2012 06:53 PM

                You try it. We'll watch! ;-D

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