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Making cheese in the Bekaa Valley

Old-fashioned hand-crafts have a way of bringing people together, even in a region where war is common and resources more scarce.

Photo: The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir

Photo: The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir

“At a Jesuit monastery in the heart of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a small group of dedicated workers are making dairy products from start to finish, not too different from how it was done hundreds of years ago. Every day at 6 a.m., cheesemakers in white lab coats and gloves start their work. Step by step – starting with the cows that graze on the farm – they make around 10 varieties of cheese, as well as yoghurt, butter and ice cream.

The milk from the cows grazing just footsteps away is transported through pipes to large metal cooling tanks. It is then drained through bags until it reaches the right consistency, depending on the product…”

via Making dairy products the old-fashioned whey | Culture , Lifestyle | THE DAILY STAR.

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