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Bologna Food Tour

File: Parmeseano Reggiano factory.

Parmeseano Reggiano factory.

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File: Works begins at 4:30 AM. Raw milk is delivered to the factory.

Works begins at 4:30 AM. Raw milk is delivered to the factory.

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File: Most of the work is done by hand.

Most of the work is done by hand.

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File: This is a mold used to form the wheels of cheese.

This is a mold used to form the wheels of cheese.

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File: This is used to brand the wheels of cheese with appropriate information.

This is used to brand the wheels of cheese with appropriate information.

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File: It is placed inside the mold around the cheese wheel.

It is placed inside the mold around the cheese wheel.

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File: It tells the factory and date of manufacture. It has a space for the seal of approval.

It tells the factory and date of manufacture. It has a space for the seal of approval.

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File: Factory number.

Factory number.

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File: This thing washes the wheels as they age.

This thing washes the wheels as they age.

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File: This cheese has been approved.

This cheese has been approved.

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File: A cheese wheel cleaner.

A cheese wheel cleaner.

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File: Plugs are cut out where there are bad spots.

Plugs are cut out where there are bad spots.

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File: Lost amongst the cheese.

Lost amongst the cheese.

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File: Getting ready to pull the wheels out of the vats.

Getting ready to pull the wheels out of the vats.

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File: Packaging ricotta cheese.

Packaging ricotta cheese.

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File: Lifting the wheel from the bottom of the vat.

Lifting the wheel from the bottom of the vat.

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File: Wrap it in cheese cloth.

Wrap it in cheese cloth.

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File: Fresh ricotta ready for sale.

Fresh ricotta ready for sale.

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File: The boss comes in to check on things.

The boss comes in to check on things.

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File: The logo for the co-op that furnishes the milk for the cheese.

The logo for the co-op that furnishes the milk for the cheese.

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File: Now on to Balsamic vinegar production.

Now on to Balsamic vinegar production.

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File: Barrels of aging balsamic vinegar.

Barrels of aging balsamic vinegar.

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File: Each row of barrels is called a baterria.

Each row of barrels is called a baterria.

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File: Balsamic vinegar is taken only from the smallest barrel beginning after 10 years.

Balsamic vinegar is taken only from the smallest barrel beginning after 10 years.

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File: Only 1 litre can be drawn from the small barrel each year.

Only 1 litre can be drawn from the small barrel each year.

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File: Grape press.

Grape press.

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File: Allesandro's batteria for his daughter started in her first year.

Allesandro's batteria for his daughter started in her first year.

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File: His daughter is Emma Isabel. When she is 10 he will get the first litre of vinegar. Until then nothing.

His daughter is Emma Isabel. When she is 10 he will get the first litre of vinegar. Until then nothing.

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File: Now we taste.

Now we taste.

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File: Now on to the Prosciutto factory.

Now on to the Prosciutto factory.

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File: Some new hams which are salted. Whew, they stink.

Some new hams which are salted. Whew, they stink.

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File: Some older hams. The meat is getting darker.

Some older hams. The meat is getting darker.

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File: As they get older they are hung instead laying flat.

As they get older they are hung instead laying flat.

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File: The lard block. Used to rub on the hams to help seal them as they age. Done only by hand.

The lard block. Used to rub on the hams to help seal them as they age. Done only by hand.

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File: Inspectors use a bone pick to check the hams. Only check is by smell and feel of the hams.

Inspectors use a bone pick to check the hams. Only check is by smell and feel of the hams.

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File: The stamp of approval.

The stamp of approval.

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File: A hand operated slicer. Electric slicers get the blade hot so are not used.

A hand operated slicer. Electric slicers get the blade hot so are not used.

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File: Now for lunch. The trattoria looks out over Modena.

Now for lunch. The trattoria looks out over Modena.

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File: No pictures, to busy eating. We ate well.

No pictures, to busy eating. We ate well.

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