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Oschtjepka

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's and sheep's milk

  • Country of origin: Slovakia

  • Region: Carpathian

  • Type: semi-hard, artisan

  • Texture: firm and supple

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: sweet

  • Aroma: herbal

  • Vegetarian: no

Oschtjepka is a Slovakian supple and elastic, semi-hard cheese of round shape with natural rind. This cheese has been made for centuries in the Carpathian Mountains. The method of production is quite simple. A mixture of cow's and sheep's milk is pressed into balls and hung to dry from the ceilings of mountain chalets. Once dry, the cheese develops a hard rind on the outside and firm texture on the inside. The cheese has a sweet flavour and the period of ripening is two to three months. It is often used as a topping cheese or relished as a table cheese.

Other cheeses from Slovakia: Bryndza