8 ounce piece of muenster cheese
Muenster Cheese
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  • Flavor Profile: Mild, nutty and savory
  • Milk Type: Cow
  • Pasteurization: Pasteurized
  • Region: Brodhead, WI
  • Rennet: Vegetarian

Muenster Cheese

WEIGHT: 0.5 lb
Decatur Dairy
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Muenster, or munster, is a semi-soft cheese from the United States. It is thought to be an imitation of the Alsatian washed-rind Munster cheese, introduced by German immigrants. The American 'muenster' name distinguishes these cheeses.
Muenster cheese is lower in fat per serving than many other popular store-bought cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella and Monterey Jack. Muenster is pale in color and smooth in texture with an orange rind. The cheese is made from cow's milk. The rind's orange color is from annatto, a sweet and nutty seasoning used to add flavor and color to cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Red Leicester, and Mimolette. Muenster usually has a very mild flavor and smooth, soft texture. In some cases, when properly aged, it can develop a strong flavor with a pungent aroma. This cheese is commonly served as an appetizer. Because it melts well, it is also often used in dishes such as grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, quesadillas, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.

Muenster cheese is often served with beer as the flavors complement each other well. Decatur Dairy received the 1st place world contest award in 1998 & 2008 for Muenster cheese. Also, Grand Champion Cheese Days, 2010; Grand Champion, Green County Fair, 2010; and 3rd Place Green County Fair, 2009.


    2008 World Cheese Contest - Grand Champion

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    Enjoy with a glass of...

    • Beer
      Amber Ale, American Pale Ale, Belgian Ale, Brown Ale, Pilsner, Porter, Saison Ale, Scotch Ale, Stout
    • Wine
      Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

  • Nibble on...
    Ham, Potatoes, Salad


    • Ingredients: Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Enzymes, Annatto Color

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