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date: 26 November 2022


The Oxford Companion to Cheese
Alexis Marie AdamsAlexis Marie Adams

like mozzarella and provolone, is a pasta filata or spun paste cheese, meaning the paste or curd is spun or stretched and kneaded and then sculpted, in the case of caciocavallo, into a distinctive teardrop or gourd-like shape. The name literally means “horse cheese.” Some maintain the cheese was given this name because of the traditional method of hanging and curing it, where two cheeses are tied to a rope and slung over a beam, not unlike saddlebags over a horse’s back. Another possible etymology suggests the original meaning is “bell cheese,” for the shape.... ...

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