What is alpine-style cheese?
Alpine-style cheese is any cheese that resembles the classic mountain cheeses made in the Swiss, Austrian, French, or Italian Alps. These are typically semi-firm to hard cheeses made from cow's milk with a little salt and produced in large wheels. The flavor of alpine-style cheese ranges from nutty and buttery to fruity, spicy, herbal. Younger cheeses have a smooth and supple texture, while an aged cheese may develop a more crystalline texture similar to high-quality aged cheddar or parmesan. In Wisconsin, our cheesemakers produce award-winning, alpine-style cheese using classic production techniques and traditional copper vats.
Why does alpine-style cheese have holes?
The cheeses made in the European Alps are famous for their holes, called "eyes", which range in size from small cracks to large round openings. These are created during the cheesemaking process when carbon dioxide gas is produced by bacteria in the milk, forming bubbles. The eyes are formed as the cheese hardens around the bubbles.
What's the difference between alpine-style cheese and swiss cheese?
"Swiss cheese" is a generic term for cheeses produced in North America that resemble emmentaler cheese, which originated in Switzerland. Swiss cheese is a type of alpine-style cheese.