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A flask-shaped Italian cheese, with a small amount of butter sealed inside. The butter is usually 'whey' butter, and the by-product of the making of Provolone or Caciocavallo cheese. Manteche is made in a variety of shapes (loaf, pear, ball etc) and sometimes smoked. The cheese jacket preserves the butter - a useful device in a hot climate before refrigeration was common.
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