In 1988 LA FERME CHEESE started to develop a line of handmade farm cheeses for the citizens of Auroville.
- Within La Ferme Cheese's compound one can find a site to practice rock climbing and a dance studio, the latter activities being developed by Olivier Hetzel.
For the cheese production traditional methods were adapted to the conditions of the South Indian climate, taking into account Western hygienic standards and concerns for a clean and sustainable environment. Our pasteurization, for instance, is done with biogas, our water is pumped by a windmill and our waste water is recycled.
The milk is supplied by farms in Auroville (including our own dairy) as well as by farmers from surrounding villages.
It is monitored daily by La Ferme Cheese for top quality.
At present our team with professional cheese makers from Italy and Holland, consists of twenty-five persons. Using natural ingredients only, we produce about 100 kg of handmade cheeses in over ten varieties daily.
All our cheeses contain only natural whole cow milk, salts, vegetarian enzymes and seasoning cultures.
We do not use preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Nor do we use emulsifiers - used in industrially produced cheeses to retain moisture and fat-. Our approach keeps the authentic texture and taste of traditional farm cheese and guarantees the natural balance of vitamins, proteins and fat which gives cheese its unique characteristics.
Varieties of Cheese
· FRESH CHEESES
Fresh cheeses need 6 to 72 hours of processing and are immediately dispatched.
MOZZARELLA is a moist white cheese of Italian origin with a mild taste; recommended for melting on pizzas and other cheese-covered dishes and for raw salads.
FETA is a white, creamy though brittle, salty/sour Greek cheese; recommended for mixing in raw salads or cooking in salty pastry, vegetable dishes and sauces.
RICOTTA CREAM CHEESE: excellent when sweetened with honey; ideal for pastries, for spread preparations and as thickener in sauces.
· SEASONNED CHEESES
These cheeses are seasoned from a few weeks to several months at specific temperatures in a cool storage room. They are delicious when eaten in the French fashion as an after-meal course (cheeseboard).
They should stand for a while at room temperature before being served and eaten. Only in this non-chilled condition will they have their full and characteristic flavors.
Seasoned cheeses also do very well on snacks and sandwiches, or when melted on pizzas, bread, chapattis, vegetable casseroles and other oven-baked dishes. Do not bake these cheeses on top of dishes for more than a few minutes, but just enough to have them retain their appetizing melted consistency and wonderful smells.
Although each of these cheeses has its specific taste and characteristics - unlike any other cheeses – in the descriptions below we make references to types of well known cheeses, for the customer's convenience.
Slight variations in the taste and texture of La Ferme's cheeses are to be expected, since La Ferme uses authentic Farm House methods and no mechanized technology.
FARM CHEESE is a young cheese and has a mild and fresh taste that almost sparkles on the tongue. It is especially loved by children! Delicious on bread and in salads and superb for melting over hot dishes. A truly “all purpose cheese”.
LOFABU is a 2 to 3 months old cheese with a mild nutty flavor that pleases the palates from children to connoisseurs. Both Indians and Westerners love this cheese that can be used for a wide range of purposes: melted on pizzas or pastry, served with cocktails and salads, on sandwiches or on a cheeseboard. (Lofabu can be compared to soft/creamy Dutch cheeses like Gouda and Edammer or to Raclette cheese.)
JEERA CHEESE, truly a delicious appetizer, is Lofabu seasoned with cumin seeds. It is best used in cocktails, on a cheeseboard or for melting on dishes.
SWISSLY, which can be ordered young or matured, is a 1 to 4 months old cheese with a characteristic flavor and can be served in the same ways as Lofabu. (Swissly can be compared to Tilsit, or a sharp Pyrenee.)
CHEDDAR is a 4 to 6 months old cheese with a firm texture and a full flavor - ideal for cheeseboards, salads, cocktails and snacks.
AUROBLOCHON is a more than 6 months old plastic-coated cheese with a strong and piquant taste that will be enjoyed by people who like a heady cheese. The coat of plastic film has to be peeled off before eating. It is best used for cheeseboards and for melting on dishes. This cheese can be compared to a soft/creamy young Parmesan/Grana type. It cannot be grated, only chopped or sliced.
BLUE D'AUROVILLE is a very tasty white soft cheese with a blue mold covering. Truly a cocktail cheese.
GORGONZOLA is the famous white, blue veined creamy cheese.
GRUYERE is a 3 to 4 months old sweet tasting cheese, like the French- Swiss cheeses from the Alps .
PARMESAN is the famous full flavored, firm textured cheese, at least 6 months old.
GRATED PARMESAN is a strong, old, dry powdered cheese, which is used to sprinkle on ready to eat dishes like pasta or salads for extra flavor.
GOAT'CHEESE in the French style, a unique product in South India , is made exclusively with goats' milk from our own flock.
· ABOUT MOULD AND FUNGUS
Some moulds and funguses give certain cheeses their distinct flavors. They are natural ferments in all cheeses, whether you see them or not.
If mould or fungus develops on cheese in the fridge it doesn't mean the cheese is spoiled. However if you don't like the view of it, you can simply scrape it off, since it is merely a matter of taste and appetizing look.
After they have been taken out of their vacuum packets, the cheese can be kept refrigerated (at +5 to +10) for a few weeks.
Uncut wheels of cheese can be kept for months, provided that they are stored in a cool place.
Cheese should under no condition be frozen; this changes the texture and taste of the cheese and as a result of this the shelf life may also be shortened.
· SOME TASTEFUL TIPS
· For breakfast, lunch or snacks cheese can be eaten on bread served with butter, milk, juice, tea or coffee. It does well on toasts or biscuits and served with salads, eggs or ham.
· Cheese can be served after lunch or dinner o n a cheeseboard . For this purpose it is served with bread and, traditionally, with wine.
· Cheese, (as Fondue) can be melted and as a sauce b e served with slices of bread for dipping.
· Cheese can be grated and spread on baked dishes or melted over cooked cauliflower, sprouts, broccoli and many other vegetables.
· Among its many uses cheese has been made famous on the Tosti, a crispy combination of toasted bread with ham or egg and cheese melted on top.
LA FERME CHEESE
605101 AUROVILLE (near Pondicherry )
Ph: 0091 (0)413 2622212
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to come for a visit, kindly call in advance.
Guided visits are possible on afternoons only.