What is Monterey Jack?
Monterey Jack cheese is an American semi-hard cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk. It has a mild, buttery flavor and a pale-yellow color with a compact and supple texture. With a high fat and moisture content, Monterey Jack has excellent melting properties and is commonly used in Mexican cuisine. There are many flavor variants of Monterey Jack, of which pepper Jack cheese is likely the most popular. Aged or dry jack is aged 6 to 9 months and resembles an aged cheddar with a rich, sharp, and nutty flavor.
Where did Monterey Jack get its name?
Here's an interesting cheese fact: a form of Monterey Jack cheese was first made by 18th-century friars in Monterey, but it's named after David Jacks, a businessman who was one of the first to widely sell and distribute the cheese in the late 1800s.
How is Monterey Jack made?
Monterey Jack is made from whole, partly skimmed or skimmed cow's milk and is aged for two weeks to a month.