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Dec 19, 2012 06:42 PM

Why is there no pig's milk cheese?

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?

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

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    1. re: sandylc

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

    2. 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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        1. This has been previously discussed on CH:

          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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            1. re: cheesemaestro

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

            2. 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

                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?