Cheese

Many ARRSErs are fond of cheese and ready to discuss all related issues. So it would be logical to open special thread devoded to cheese.
Although the USA is the world’s largest producer of cheese. Russia does not even get a look in it is then Germany France and Italy. Production. In 2013, world production of cheese was 21.3 million tonnes, with the United States accounting for 25% (5.4 million tonnes) of the world total followed by Germany, France and Italy.
Top 10 largest Cheese Producer Country in the World

However the quantity is only one factor as much cheese is pretty horrible processed muck far removed from the amazing subtle flavours and textures of the real thing.

A surprising fact however in terms of types and quality is that is this small Island that is a world leader,
Forget France: We're the big CHEESE now

A new cadre of artisan cheese producers and an obsession with the provenance of produce have helped propel Britain to the top of an international league table that measures varieties of cheese produced per head of population. Britain’s “innovation score” of 11.4 cheese variants for every million, puts it ahead of Switzerland with 9.6 types of cheese per 1m people, and France with 9.2. According to Juliet Harbutt, a global authority on cheese, about 700 varieties now boast a Made in Britain label – 100 more varieties than France produces, and twice as many as Italy.

While trying to discover Russian cheese facts, figures and information however, traditional state security/secrecy made it difficult to find out much. There seem not many types, production figures were hard/impossible to obtain, and details on individual cheeses sparse. So few in fact as to be able to list them here to save serious cheese lovers the difficulty of finding them.
It would therefor safe to say the Russia falls woefully behind the USA, and in fact, many other countries in this important social and cultural aspect of humanity.

The variety, rich heritage, and epicurean delight in sharing mankind's principle means of transcending borders race, disputes, religion and cultural differences is food; and the pleasure of sharing it with fellow mankind, a symbol of cultural advancement and indeed some small measure of one's place in the world. Cheese a small but no less important facet of that vital function we all share.

There are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule and with regard to cheese it is this. A Sardinian delight from a place that is infamous for the quality of it’s Bandits and resistance to rule by even the Romans who described them as complete barbarians.
The best Russian cheeses from your list are (typical price is 11 Euro per kg) are
Altaysky - indeed a fairly dry hard cheese. Its quality is on a good European level.
Sovetsky is very close to it with price 10 Euro.
There is also Shveytsarsky (=Swiss) aslo descent cheese (11 Euro) that indeed has taste similar to some Swiss cheeses.
Other Russian cheeses (7-9 Euro per kg) maybe not so fine but not bad at all (mostly it depends on producer if it follows right technology and quality )
Kostromskoy
Poshekhonsky
Rossiysky - indeed similar to Tilsiter
Yaroslavsky
Some foreign companies produce cheeses under their brands
French Lactalis (tradmark 'President')
Finnish Valio
Swedish Arla (Arla Natura).
And... there is a lot of (though expensive) Swiss cheese in supermarkets. Excellent Swiss made parmesan costs 20 Euro per kg. There are also cheese from Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia (I suspect that really from other places), Belarus (some cheeses most likely are Polish).
It should be said that for the Russians cheese is not dairy product no.1.
Butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, prostokvasha, ryazhenka, kefir...
My wife drink kefir on a daily basis.
We both fond of good cheese and visiting this or that country taste local cheese. It should be said that local cheeses in Hungary and Czech republic are ... anyway not excellent.
Yes most of Russian cheeses are also rather below average level (with noted exceptions).
 
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Why would anyone in the UK want to eat Russian cheese?
I don't see any reasons for it. But tourists could wish to explore huge Russia, lake Baikal for example. Those that like good cheese could taste Russian ones.
 
Blessed are the cheese makers!

I quite fancy trying a bit of Russki cheeseski

I've tried Russkie pusskie and it was very nice
 

FailyScaley

War Hero
Commie cheez can **** right offski.

100% pure fresh American aerosol cheddar for this freedom lovin' sunovagun.

Or a nice crumbly Wensleydale.
 

Maple

LE
So.........does anyone think Russia will ever become a world power rather than continuing to be Upper Volta with Nukes, but with more corruption?

1. No, not a hope
2. Where?
3. Communism's dead, so are putin's dreams
4. Still no
5, No, not while they can't make cheddar

 
Bring on Wallaceakova and Grommetski
 
So.........does anyone think Russia will ever become a world power rather than continuing to be Upper Volta with Nukes, but with more corruption?

1. No, not a hope
2. Where?
3. Communism's dead, so are putin's dreams
4. Still no
5, No, not while they can't make cheddar
Finnish firm Valio produces Cheddar on its plant in Russia

It is possible to buy Swiff made Cheddar in Russian supermarkets

Some Russian plants (try to) produce Cheddar

 

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