What is baby swiss cheese?
Baby swiss is a cow's cheese milk that originated in America. It's made in the style of traditional swiss cheese, but has a smoother, creamier and milder taste and texture.
What's the difference between swiss and baby swiss?
Swiss cheese and baby swiss are made in a similar fashion, but baby swiss is made in smaller batches, matured in smaller rounds or wheels, and is allowed to ripen for a shorter period of time. As a result, the flavor of baby swiss is milder and the iconic holes or "eyes" of Swiss cheese are smaller.
Why do swiss cheese and baby swiss have holes?
The holes in Swiss cheese or baby swiss are produced by bacteria that's introduced to the cow's milk to give the cheese its flavor and personality. As the cheese is made, the bacteria release carbon dioxide which creates air pockets in the cheese, which become holes as the cheese matures. The longer the cheese ages, the larger the holes become, which is why baby swiss has much smaller holes than traditional Swiss cheese.