Provolone cheese is the "older brother" of Mozzarella cheese with different moisture levels. Provolone Cheese is a traditional South Italian aged pasta filata (stretched cheese curd). It could be made in a cylinder shape or pear shape, and depending on the size, Provolone's age time could vary. However usually after two months, we can appreciate Provolone's full taste and the aromas that this cheese can offer. Its flavor becomes stronger and tangier with age. In Southern Italy, we can find Provolone aged up to four years old, producing a strong, incredible taste.
Provolone has a moisture content of 45%, while Mozzarella sits roughly around 52% to 60%. Fun fact: Tanto Latte Mozzarella is 57%! With lower moisture content and longer aging, Provolone cheese has a longer shelf life, it is easier for slicing and shredding.
Storing and Serving Provolone Cheese
It is recommended to keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from food with strong odours, in order to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. Provolone should be consumed between 2 to 3 weeks after it has been sliced and purchased from your local deli store. To preserve cheese freshness, use the original wrapping or rewrap in plastic wrap to provide the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge. Freezing is not recommended.
Provolone is commonly used in sandwich recipes, baked pasta, as a snacking cheese, and in grilled dishes. Depending on the cheese age, the taste could be different. However, usually after two months, we can appreciate Provolone's full taste and the aromas that this cheese can offer. Its flavour becomes stronger and tangier with age.
What's in Our Provolone?
At Tanto Latte, we are committed to producing the freshest and highest quality of dairy products. We pride ourselves to bringing you the most authentic tasting Italian Cheeses with no milk powder or milk proteins added. We understand that dairy products are packed with great nutritions and they are an essential part of a healthy diet. That’s why, all of our cheese products are made from 100% Canadian whole milk, from Dairy Farmers of Canada with cows treated with the necessary care, nutritious diets and respectful environment. Our cheeses are handmade in our factory in Salmon Arm, BC and offered to you with daily freshness.
Our Provolone is made with pasteurized milk, salt, calcium chloride, live culture, lipase and rennet.
About Tanto Latte
Tanto Latte is a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of Italian Soft Cheese in Salmon Arm, BC. We produce an assortment of Italian cheese for both retail and the food service sectors. We work hard daily to bring to your table the best homemade Italian cheese. Visit our store or contact us today for more details.
Provolone Cheese Recipes
Being Mozzarella's older brother, Provolone has a stronger and tangier flavour, as well as stretchier texture. Because of this characteristics, Provolone is commonly used in sandwich recipes, baked pasta, as a snacking cheese, and in grilled dishes. It is also perfect in appetizers, main dishes or on a cheese platter.
Our cheese maker Luigi is also an award-winning Italian chef for 20 years! See some of Luigi's Provolone cheese recipe recommendations here.