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Cáceres, December 20, 2023.- Torta del Casar, an Extremadura cheese with a Protected Designation of Origin, is an original and versatile product, which becomes one of the main foods on Christmas tables. It is a unique food due to its way of presentation, its creamy texture and its flavor full of nuances, which offers a combination of sensations to enjoy in company these holidays.

This cheese can be served in different ways: as a starter, spread on wood-fired bread and accompanied by a glass of wine or cava from Extremadura or as a dessert, eating it with quince. In addition, Torta del Casar can serve as a star ingredient or as an accompaniment to many dishes such as meats, rice or tapas.

Tips for consuming Torta del Casar

To enjoy the maximum flavor of this cheese you have to follow some steps. First of all, the cheese should be kept in the refrigerator or in a cool, dry place, at a temperature between 6 and 12 degrees. When the time comes to consume it, it should be removed from the refrigeration source and allowed to cool to approximately 21 degrees, in order to fully enjoy the qualities of its texture, aroma and taste.

Torta del Casar should never be heated in the microwave because it could melt and lose its properties, but if it is too cold at the time of serving, you can use a gentle, indirect heat source.

To present it on the table, it must be opened with a knife at the top, as if removing a lid. Subsequently, you should hold the cheese with one hand on a table, and with the other, insert a pointed knife through the top, with little inclination. Next, you have to turn the cheese little by little, as if you were opening a can, to remove a ‘lid’. Once opened, this lid is left aside, and with a blunt knife or a spoon, the creamy paste is extracted. When finished, you must return the lid to its original place to preserve it. Once opened, Torta del Casar PDO cheese can be kept in optimal conditions for between 15 and 20 days. After that time, its color may darken and lose creaminess, although it may gain in flavor.

Origin of Torta del Casar

Torta del Casar is made following traditional methods. Its base is raw sheep’s milk – from controlled herds -, vegetable rennet and salt. It is a completely natural cheese that has a golden rind and a white or ivory paste. It has a creamy texture and a slightly bitter and very little salty taste.

But the uniqueness of Torta del Casar is not only based on its flavor and originality, but also on all the people who participate in its preparation. The farmers milk the sheep twice a day, thus obtaining fresh milk, with flavors and aromas that will later emerge in the cheese. Subsequently, the master cheesemakers make the product in an artisanal way, with techniques such as turning it daily or taping each Torta del Casar to prevent the crust from breaking.

La Torta del Casar, thanks to its certified origin, has a special quality guarantee. This protected cheese is easy to identify because it has a red and gold badge on its control label, guarantee of origin and quality.

Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) Torta del Casar

D.O.P. cheeses Torta del Casar is made only in cheese factories registered in the records of the Regulatory Council, which works every day to guarantee its origin and quality, controlling the purity of the production process for the full safety and confidence of consumers.

The Protected Designation of Origin protects this cheese with ancient tradition and unique and differentiating qualities. Therefore, when you want to enjoy an authentic D.O.P. cheese. Torta del Casar, you must look for its exclusive control label in which the logo of the Regulatory Council is joined to that of the European Union, the only guarantee of the choice made and international recognition.

For more information:

Europa Press Communication: 91 359 26 00

Icíar Díaz iciardiaz@europapress.es

Susana Sedano susanasedano@europapress.es

Virginia García virginiagarcia@europapress.es

D.O.P. Regulatory Council Torta del Casar: 927 290 713

Javier Muñoz direccion@tortadelcasar.eu www.tortadelcasar.eu

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