Sure, you could take a trip around the world to get a glimpse at the wonders different places have to offer. Or, you could stay home and eat your way through all the different types of cheese in the world. From the mild, creamy flavors of fresh cheese to the chewy texture of bread cheese or stretched-curd mozzarella. Or the washed-rind stinkers like Limburger and Taleggio to the strong, tangy flavor of blue cheese. And don't forget the exquisite sophistication of the semi-firm mountain cheeses or the soul-satisfying crystalline crunch of an aged parmesan or gouda.
Here in Wisconsin, we invite you to sample all the different types of cheese along with us. Just don't ask us to choose a favorite – we love all 600+ of our cheese children equally.
By some estimates, there are more than 1,800 different types of cheese in the world. And there are almost as many ways of classifying them.
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There are more than a thousand different types of cheese in the world, and they are categorized in many different ways. One of the most common ways of talking about cheeses to describe its texture: from soft and semi-soft to semi-firm and hard cheese.
There are many different types of cheese preparation techniques, which account for the hundreds of different types of cheese throughout the world.
Cheese features prominently in many of the world's most favorite dishes, including mac n cheese, fondue, cheeseburgers, pizza topped with mozzarella, fondue, and nachos drizzled with cheese sauce.
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Here in Wisconsin, we feel lucky to have more than 600 different types of cheese to choose from, and we are always experimenting on ways to make even more. In fact, for more than 175 years, we have been pushing the boundaries of what cheese can and should be (fried cheese curds, anyone?), and mastering traditions while innovating new flavors and textures.
Part of what endears us to cheese is that there are so many different types of cheese to enjoy. From the squeaky freshness of brand-new Wisconsin cheese curds to the colby or muenster cheese in our favorite baked mac and cheese recipe to our award-winning aged gouda and parmesan cheeses, there's an infinite number of new worlds of flavor possibilities. And we wouldn't be Wisconsinites if we weren't determined to explore every one of them, boldly going where no cheese-lover has gone before.
Of course, we invite you to join us on this Wisconsin cheese journey. We promise you'll enjoy the ride.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.