Do you have any food memories from when you were a child? Maybe your afternoon snack between nap time and playing with your toys? That isn’t a question that I have asked many people, I’m not too sure of how common a food memory is from the someone’s youth but I have a couple that I can think of. The memory that sticks out the most revolves around Muenster cheese. When I was very little, my mother used to buy Muenster cheese from the local deli. Every afternoon, I would get a little slice to eat with some other little things for a snack. My favorite thing about this cheese when I was little was the orange looking skin around the outside edge. The first thing I had to do when I received my cheese was to nibble along the edge and eat away all the orange skin. I can thank those childhood memories for my overall preference to white varieties of cheese, as well as a continued love for the Muenster.
|One cheese, to rule all other cheeses.|
This may sound funny, but Muenster cheese is protected by an Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC). This certification places under control the main steps of the cheese process. The producers are required to rigorously observe the transformation of the cheese and what goes into it (Which I am totally fine with as long as they keep making it taste delicious!). Muenster cheese has a smear soft texture, with a slightly salty and buttery flavor that appears to almost melt on your tongue with each bite. If you were curious about that odd orange color, it comes from a brine wash that is brushed onto the exterior of the cheese while it is aging. As much as I love this cheese, I really don’t use it enough.
In recent years, I have been using swiss and provolone as my go to cheeses. I love them both, and they taste great on a sandwich, but they still are only second place in my book. My favorite way to use muenster cheese, is in a grilled cheese sandwich. Just thinking about indulging on a fresh one, with the warm, gooey, cheesy goodness of every bite, makes me hungry! Muenster cheese is also great in quesadillas and also can be enjoyed in a homemade Mac and cheese.
If you haven’t had a chance to try out this one of a kind cheese, you need to go out and buy some today; it might just change your life. If it doesn’t change your life, well I don’t know what to tell you, at least you can say you tried it and that I’m crazy for loving it. Do you have any food memories that you can recall from your early childhood? I would love to hear some, that way I know that I’m not the only one that remembers food from 20+ years ago! Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you tomorrow!
Till next time,