Cheeses of the Middle East

RICH COW ™ brand is a line of cheeses from Armenia, Georgia and the Middle East. The cheeses of this geography share many common characteristics because dairy manufacturing conditions have historically been similar throughout the region. The poor pasture available to the milk-bearing animals and the poor cooling capabilities of the local cheesemakers led to the popularization of simple, fresh cheeses that were preserved in salty brines. Traditionally, these products either had very short shelf life (about five days) or were very salty. Our company manufactures the most popular of these products using modern methods so that they have their authentic taste and texture characteristics yet enjoy long shelf lives. All our cheeses are certified HALAL.

Rich Cow™ Ackawi is a soft, white cow’s milk cheese that is native to Lebanon and Syria. The cheese is now popular throughout the Middle East and is the best selling Middle Eastern cheese among Arab-Americans. Our make-process gives the cheese its traditional smooth texture without acidity. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 90 - 120 days.

Rich Cow™ Naboulsi (Boiled Cheese) is made by boiling fresh Ackawi cheese in a fragrant mixture of gums, spices and seeds. The cheese is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 120 - 180 days.

Rich Cow™ Basket Cheese is a white, soft cheese that is formed in a basket. The traditional cheese is hand-formed in a round basket, weighs about a pound and has a salty taste. Because of the cheese’s distinctive appearance it is difficult to mass-produce and genuine product is easily recognizable. Basket cheese is among the top three Middle Eastern cheese products sold in the U.S. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 60 - 90 days.

Rich Cow™ Kenafa and Sweet Cheese are an unsalted, very fresh, soft cheeses that melt easily and freely. They are used to make the popular cheesecake dessert that is sometimes called Kenafa by people in the Middle East. They can also be used as a base for other sweet desserts. They are sold frozen.

Rich Cow™ Jibneh Arabieh is simple cheese found all over the Middle East. It is particularly popular in Egypt and the Arabian Gulf region. The cheese has an open texture, mild taste, and is widely used in cooking and snacking. The heritage of the product started with Bedouins using goat or sheep milk, however, current practice is to use cow’s milk to make the cheese. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 90 - 120 days.

Rich Cow™ Tuma, also known as Chanakh or Baladi, is a favorite cheese for many people of Armenia and Middle Eastern descent. The cheese is a free-formed, open textured fresh product with a mild taste. It is widely used as an ingredient in cooking and for eating fresh. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 60 - 90 days.

Kasseri and Saganaki Cheese are aged, flavorful cheeses that can be served “flaming”. In fact, Saganaki means “flaming cheese” in Greek. The cheese used in this dish is often called Kasseri. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 180 - 365 days.

Roumy Cheese is a dense hard cheese with a very strong smell. It is strong tasting, salty and crumbles easily. This type of cheese is primarily consumed by Egyptians. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of 365 days.

Chicago Cheese is a fresh, white cheese with mild salt and fresh, curdy texture. Popularized in Detroit’s Arabic community over the past several decades, it is now recognized nationally. The cheeses is sold vacuum packed with a shelf life of between 60 - 90 days.

Twisted String Cheese, Chechil Panir, Husats or Tel cheese – Armenian pasta filata cheese pulled into thin strings and formed in braids. Often made with small nigella seeds. The original cheese was made by direct acidification rather than through addition of cheese culture. Available from a neighboring cheese factory in retail and foodservice sizes.

Rich Cow™ Paneer (panir) refers to cheese originally found in the area that today encompasses Iran, India and Pakistan. In both the language of Urdu and Armenian, the word Paneer means cheese. Paneer is the largest selling variety of cheese in the world’s largest milk producing country: India. It can be made from either buffalo or cow milk.

The cheese has little acidity, no salt added and is used in curried dishes, wrapped in dough, and for dessert and preparations. Since it is a high protein food, this cheese is often substituted for meat in many vegetarian entrees of Indian cuisine. Traditionally, this cheese had a 5-day shelf life. Our Paneer, however, has a 120 day shelf life.