Potluck Video, the team that went behind the scenes at Sun Noodle factory to document the making of ramen noodles, gives us a look at how one of the world’s most beloved dairy products is made in “How Parmesan Cheese Is Made.”
Parmesan, or Parmigiano Reggiano, is the name given to cheese produced in specific provinces of Italy: Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena, and Mantua.Under law, only these regions have the right to label their cheese as parmesan.
They video team visits Hombre Farm in Modena, where owner Giovanni churns out 12 wheels of parmesan a day.
The first step to making the cheese is steaming the milk and adding in an ingredient called caglio, or rennet. This is an enzyme derived from the stomachs of cows that is used to make the paste inside the parmesan.
After production, the parmesan wheels are set aside to age for three years.
Giovanni explains that there’s no big secret behind his cheese making—he follows a tradition and method that has existed for hundreds of years. The only things you need, he says, are “good fields, good cereals [to feed the cows], and good milk.”