i promise, i am almost done with these recap posts from our trip to italy last month! i swear! thank you for indulging me as i share photos from each place we visited. ;) so… after our time in cinque terre, we took the train to parma where we spent one day touring a couple really cool factories! the photos in this post are from a morning spent at the parmigiano reggiano factory where we learned how local parmesan cheese is made. the factory is very tiny, and the process is so hands on and involved. from milking the cows twice a day every day to begin the cheese and butter production, to soaking in the salt brine bath, to allowing the cheese to mature for at least 18 months with careful hands on attention to each wheel, it was fascinating. each wheel is also individually rotated every few days and examined before an official mark of quality can be branded onto it. it was just so hands on… the time and energy that goes into each of those cheese wheels. we had a great time walking through and learning about the process.
^^^eleanor checking for hollow spots in the cheese which someone does each day to ensure the wheel is maturing properly.
this was seriously a big highlight for us. and now i feel all fancy because they taught us to eat our parmesan cheese with a little honey (have you ever tried that? i’m hooked!) we’ve been snacking on parmesan cheese ever since parma and seriously, we can’t get enough!