What is artisan cheese?
Artisan cheese is cheese that's made primarily by hand, in small batches, incorporating many of the traditional techniques of the art of cheesemaking. An artisan cheesemaker typically uses no machines and little to no mechanization. Artisan cheese may also use a variety of milk and added flavorings.
What is artisan cheese versus specialty cheese?
A specialty cheese is a cheese of limited production – it can be in artisan cheese, but it's not required to be. Many specialty cheeses are made with added flavorings such as herbs, fruits, spices, and nuts.
What is artisan cheese versus farmstead cheese?
A farmstead cheese is made on a farm with the milk from the farmer's herd or flock. The milk used in farmstead cheeses may be from any type of milk – cow, sheep, goat – and may include flavorings.