Aartes


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The remaining dairy product from the alcohol distillation process is called “boz”. This is poured into a cheesecloth bag to allow the water or shar to drain from the mixture, which can then be dried to make various kinds of cheese. It generally takes 2-3 days for all of the shar to drain from the boz. The remaining solid in the bag is a cheese with a similar consistency and taste to feta cheese. This product is called aartes (see Figure 1).