Definitions

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  • n. The aging of cheese as part of its manufacture.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Times story dealt with affinage, which is what happens after those four basic ingredients are melded together by skillful cheesemakers.

    Martin Johnson: An Age Old Debate

  • The French term for ripening, affinage, comes from the Latin finus, meaning “end” or “ultimate point,” and was used in medieval alchemy to describe the refining of impure materials.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Can you call it affinage, for instance, when a cheesemonger is just taking care of his supply before he sells it?

    NYT > Home Page

  • He went so far as to claim that affinage was just a ploy to jack up prices.

    Martin Johnson: An Age Old Debate

  • But the further the cheese is from its source the less affinage matters.

    Martin Johnson: An Age Old Debate

  • The cheeses I tasted in the awe-inspiring barn crystallized my thoughts on what makes cheese become great: constant communication between cheese­maker and cheese­monger, and very careful attention to affinage, the art of tending cheese as it ages.

    The Art of Aging Well

  • In underground caves affinage (the art of aging) is practiced.

    Craig McCord: The Street With Good Taste

  • This cheese has a big personality, with apparent salt and a faintly bitter finish, but overall, it leaves the impression of careful cheese making and affinage.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • In cheese circles, though, our article has sparked much debate about what the term fundamentally means, and whether disagreements about affinage are ultimately just disagreements about semantics.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The latter seems to be the case with our Oct. 5 look into the cryptic and controversial or totally sensible and straightforward, depending on how you look at it subject of affinage.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • "Explore the world of fine cheeses and affinage, the ancient art of bringing cheese to peak ripeness."
    - artisanalcheese.com

    December 3, 2007