Preparing the cheese is a three-month process that requires sourcing goat’s milk from local farmers, preparing homemade rennet to be added to the milk, preserving the cheese in salt, adding fresh herbs to the cheese, and aging it inside terra-cotta pots in wood ash. Torosyan and his family worked to bring the cheese to production by collaborating with Slow Food International, an organization that aims to preserve ancient food traditions all over the world. Even though Torosyan has perfected the traditional cheesemaking method, selling motal comes with obstacles. He can’t sell his cheese in most European countries because motal doesn’t meet the European Union’s requirements for importing dairy products. But selling within the country is also difficult because the cheese is made at a limited quantity and is more expensive than most Armenian cheeses.
Despite international regulations and being far from the capital, Torosyan and his family spread the word by organizing master classes for tourists. They condense the three-month cheesemaking process into an hour and half to share the ancient technique.
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A 5,000-Year-Old Cheesemaking Tradition In Armenia