How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

• How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

A mountainous region called the Tatra Mountains, which is located on the territory of three countries - Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, is different in that you can meet whole flocks of sheep, and purchase real cheese - oshtepok made of salted sheep milk.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Historically, the earliest mention of the local production of cheese found in documents dated 1416 year. Taste quality cheese directly depend on spices, herbs, eaten the sheep, and the time of year. Some people believe that in the spring of tasty cheese as well as milk has a higher fat content.

All the cheese-making process is done manually indigenous to the area in the Tatras Podhale in southern Poland. During the summer, from May to September, they are nomadic and live in small villages, herding his sheep. Working day they start very early, and along with the grazing three times a day milking his sheep. Three days of photographer Michal Korta filmed the entire production cycle of the traditional cheese oshtepok.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Stanislav surpasses Shepherd the flock of sheep to new pasture.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Early in the morning the shepherd gathers the flock.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Stanislav Shepherd tells about the hard life in the mountains.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

The usual flock of sheep numbers 300-400, but there are a number of flocks of up to 1200 animals.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Assistant shepherd cuts off the horny part of the hoof sheep.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

No matter how strange dogs are invaluable helpers of the Shepherds. They gather the flock following the sheep, and the night guarding them from wolves.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Sheep standing in a pasture.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

The men were distracted from work for a short break.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

The shepherd looks Wojciech if tourists do not have to sell their cheese.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

A sheep and her lamb awaiting medication.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Assistant shepherd gathers the lambs, to give them medicine.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

A young sheep after shearing.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Every sheep are sheared apart and watered medicine.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Stanislav carries a large sheep, going to mow it.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Stanislav neatly cuts the adult sheep.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Old scissors are decorative ornament shepherd dwellings.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Jozef and Stanislaw milking sheep in the early morning. Gura often start their working day at 4am.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

The entire production process is done manually.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Sheep milk mixed with cow in specific proportions, and then heated.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

From pasteurized salted sheep's milk cheese made, which is then washed several times with hot salt water and squeezed by hand.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

One group consists of 3-6 cheesemakers Gural.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Cheese mass manually laid out in wooden spindle-shaped forms.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Head shape cheese may vary depending on the manufacturing region.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Then the cheese on one or two nights left in a barrel of brine.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

Then the cheese is placed under special wooden hut roof and smoked hot smoke 14 days.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

This cheese was manufactured in the traditional spindle-shaped.

How to make cheese in the Tatra Mountains

ram skull adorns the shepherd hut.

In the evening, the flock is going on a hill near the village of Jaworki.