There's something mysterious and irresistible about smoky cheese. Smoke adds cowboy cred and backyard-barbecue flavor to any cheese. It conjures new flavors out of well-known favorites and pumps new life into cheese-based dishes. Smoky cheese adds a bang to burgers, imparts extra pop to pizza, and gives mashed potatoes a makeover. You can enjoy smoky cheese as an afternoon snack or as a small, dark, and handsome addition to a meat and cheeseboard.
In Wisconsin, our cheesemakers are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of what cheese can be, and smoke is one of the more exciting tools in their cheese toolkit. When there's smoky cheese on the table, you'll always find a gaggle of Wisconsinites ready for a friendly argument over the best way to pair it and share it.
Here are a few of the most flavorful smoky cheese options from Wisconsin cheesemakers.
Smoky cheese, or smoked cheese, is any cheese that has been cured in a smoking process. Cold smoking smokes cheese between 68° and 86°F (20 to 30°C) while hot smoking temperatures range from 104° to 194°F (40 to 90°C).
Smoky cheese is usually smoked in a smoker where smoke from burning apple, oak, hickory, chestnut or alder wood is passed over the cheese as it sits on shelves.
Smoking gives cheese a unique and subtle flavor, sometimes described as meaty, earthy or toasty. Smoking also helps preserve the cheese.
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When you've got smoky cheese from Wisconsin on the table, you can be sure you're turning up the heat on flavor. Wisconsin cheesemakers have been innovating new cheese traditions for 175 years – since before Wisconsin was the state. Our 1200 cheesemakers have won more awards than any other state or country in the world. And with more than 600 flavors, varieties and styles, we are producing more different kinds of cheese than any other place on the planet.
So next time you see smoky cheese from Wisconsin in the grocery aisle, don't burn your opportunity to sample some of the most flavorful cheese on the planet.
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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.