trivia… the Parmigiano-Reggiano: beating of the cheese wheel

By analysing the Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel, the “beater” (cheese tester) has a big responsibility. He has specific tools and skills, indeed. A small hammer, a needle, and a sampler…these are the beater’s work tools.

He has great skills, such as knowledge, tactile sharpness, sensitive hearing, and a very developed sense of smell. It takes at most 7 seconds for him to understand if a wheel of cheese is perfect or not.

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