The maturation of Provolone Valpadana P.D.O. requires skill and patience: here is how it is done
Two fundamental ingredients are needed to season Provolone Valpadana: time and patience. Only in this way, in fact, the most famous spun paste cheese in Italy can obtain that exclusive taste that makes it a dish with a unique taste.
Even before spinning, in fact, the milk is combined with two versions of rennet:
– Veal in the case of the mild Provolone Valpadana;
– Kid and/or lamb in the case for strong Provolone Valpadana.
The spinning is the same for all the shapes, while the process is different at the moment of seasoning.
The importance of seasoning
The maturing of the cheese is a process during which the food is placed “on hold”, at the end of all other stages of production, in an environment with particular climatic conditions. During this time, which can vary greatly depending on the cheese in question, all the characteristics and peculiarities are exalted.
In this specific case, before the maturation of the Provolone Valpadana cheese, it is also tied, an ancient tradition still perpetrated by master cheesemakers.
Mild or strong?
The cheeses then pass through the maturing warehouses for a period varying from a few days to several months.
The mild Provolone Valpadana cheese usually has a maturation time of 10 days, while the strong one can be as long as 12 months.
In both cases, however, it is only this waiting time that allows the bacteria to work and recreate the ideal conditions to best appreciate this Italian excellence.