Motal Cheese

Soft, white sheep’s milk cheese ages in a lambskin bag is a rare and antique form of Armenian cheese that is currently produced only by those living on the mountains in the Zankezur and Artsakh regions. The lambskin bags are called tiks, containing cheese chunks or curds kneaded with herbs packed tightly to ferment. Tiks are safer than clay pots, as they won’t easily break and are easier to store and move about. Highland sheppards use them as food containers for travel. Clay pots are great for everyday use, but storing/preserving food is best in tik bags. Wine is often stored and left to ferment in these bags as well.

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