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 Post subject: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:04 pm 
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This store shows how they crack open an 88 lb of parmigiano reggiano. I know I'd lose at least a finger. https://www.facebook.com/alexandra.j.do ... 311197209/


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:32 pm 
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If you watch some of the youtube videos of it, he is working harder at it then the hard-core pros, but that is how it is done.


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:08 am 
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Wow, I had no idea. Deb


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:36 am 
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Seems like there must be some kind of a saw that could do the job.


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:05 pm 
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I thought that too, Linda. Perhaps the crags are a necessary part.


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:43 am 
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Your very complete guide to cracking your wheel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ZI15VjwEU


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:47 am 
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I believe a large part of the point of the cracking process (vs cutting) is to help demonstrate the cheese quality. Good parm should have nice craggy bits. Poor quality parm will not. Cutting it hides this. It also helps show respect and hand work on the cheese, vs industrial production.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:54 am 
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One of my favourite videos I watched (took a while to find it again, watched it first quite a while ago) on this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL6vP4eDmEQ

"by making this mark here we have explained to the cheese where it must break" (paraphrased only slightly)

(yes, I have watched a lot of these videos...)


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 Post subject: Re: This can't be the norm
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:12 pm 
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Paul Kierstead wrote:
One of my favourite videos I watched (took a while to find it again, watched it first quite a while ago) on this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL6vP4eDmEQ

"by making this mark here we have explained to the cheese where it must break" (paraphrased only slightly)

(yes, I have watched a lot of these videos...)

Trentino! That's where my family is from!!!!!!!


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