Cloumage is made from Shy Brothers’ coastal Massachusetts farm’s cows’ milk plus three ingredients. According to the company, their Ayrshire cows enjoy seasons of grasses and herbs influenced by the salty, foggy ocean air. They batch-pasteurize their milk to preserve its natural enzyme.

In recipes, use this tangy cheese in place of sour cream, yogurt, crème fraîche, buttermilk or mascarpone. Cloumage keeps for 12 months refrigerated and one month after it’s opened. It can be baked, frozen or both.

Two tablespoons contain 20 calories, 1 gram fat of which 0.5 grams is saturated and 110 mg sodium.

Cloumage is available in 7 -ounce packages, plain and flavored with an average price of $8. It’s available at Whole Foods and in the cheese section of other stores. It’s also available in a 4-pound tub at chefs wholesale spot and at  Shy Brothers for $23.50 plus shipping.

(Bonnie: I began testing recipes for Cloumage. Stay tuned, as I will post those in the next week or two.)