How not to make Grana Padano cheese

Unless, of course, you happen to live in the protected designation of origin (PDO) for Grana Padano…

The production area for the cheese, whole or grated, consists of the territory of the provinces of Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Verbania, Vercelli, Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantova on the left bank of the Po, Milano, Monza, Pavia, Sondrio, Varese, Trento, Padova, Rovigo, Treviso, Venezia, Verona, Vicenza, Bologna to the right of the Reno, Ferrara, Forlì Cesena, Piacenza, Ravenna and Rimini, as well as the following municipalities of the province of Bolzano: Anterivo, Lauregno, Proves, Senale-S. Felice and Trodena.

(dailymotionGoogle Drive copy)

It’s a video by Gavin Webber which he published on Youtube, from where it was taken down due to legal threats. Legal threats that are quite likely frivolous as he specifies that it is not Grana Padano cheese.

Funny thing is, by making the threat the video got a lot more attention that it otherwise would have. Which led some people to think, if Grana Padano is covered by EU’s PDO, then there must be a document somewhere describing the process.

I looked and while I didn’t find a recipe, I found something that does look usable – and also confirms Webber’s method in the video:

For making the video describing how to make cheese in the style of Grana Padano, Webber got legal threats. Eventually they backed off, but not after having invoked the Streisand Effect.

(Youtube)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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