Cheesemaking Mold No.26 - Tall Pyramid (Faisselle)
This Tall Valençay mold is a professional Dairythene mold and is a truncated pyramidal shape.
Valençay is an unpasteurised goats milk cheese weighing 7-9 ounces (200-250g) and around 2.75" (7cm) in height. Its rustic blue-grey colour is made by the natural moulds that form its rind, darkened with a dusting of charcoal/saltash.
The mould is also known as a 'Faisselle' - the name is that of the container (originally an osier type basket with lots of drainage holes that goes back thousands of years) and the name then transferred to the soft cheese that it was used for.
Faisselle is a fresh, very soft cheese of exceptionally high humidity that is made from goats or cows milk: it has no rind and has a very mild taste, so is often used as an ingredient, or as a starter in its own right.
- Manufactured from special 'Dairythene' plastic for easy sterilization