Ah, the joy of specialty cheese. It's the cheese you know and love, but with special attention being paid to flavor and texture. These cheeses are often made in a limited number or smaller batches. Think aged romano with black peppercorns or feta with tomato and basil. Specialty cheese can also be a cheese that only comes around once in a while, like a 10-year aged cheddar, or a cheese that is just plain different, like a Juustaleipa (or bread cheese if you prefer layman's terms).
in Wisconsin, you'll find tons of specialty cheese because cheese is, well, our specialty. We produce more flavors, styles, and varieties than anywhere else on earth – 600 and counting. And our cheesemakers are constantly pushing the boundaries of what cheese can be. (Cheese curds with Cajun spices anyone?) So, next time you're looking for something special for your weekend feast, cheese charcuterie platter, or just an afternoon snack, look for specialty cheese from Wisconsin.
Some of our favorite Wisconsin specialty cheeses include;
Specialty cheese is a cheese with limited production and is often made with additional flavorings such as nuts, fruit, spices, and herbs to create interesting flavor profiles.
Using the traditional techniques and tools of cheesemaking rather than relying on machines and mechanized processes. Some artisan cheeses may be specialty cheeses, and vice-versa.
A farmstead cheese is made on a farm exclusively with the milk from the farmer's herd of cows, goats, or flock of sheep.
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In Wisconsin, almost one-half of the cheese made in Wisconsin is specialty cheese. And when you consider that Wisconsin makes 3.42 billion pounds of cheese a year, well, that's a mountain of specialty cheese.
It all comes down to the pioneering spirit that brought so many cheesemakers to Wisconsin in the first place. They arrived with little more than the recipes from their homeland in their pockets, seeking a better life, and in the process, they invented new and better ways of making cheese.
Today, our 1,200 licensed cheesemakers have the same passion for new horizons in flavor and texture, and they're constantly innovating new varieties of specialty cheese.
So, next time you want to take a taste adventure of your own, look for a specialty cheese with the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese ™ badge on the label. And fasten your seatbelts, because it's going to be a flavorful 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.