Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M Is For Muenster Cheese

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,


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  1. Food memories--what a fantastic concept. My childhood snack--and go-to comfort food even now, some 30+ years later--was tomato. Fresh and quartered, and (nowadays) with a spray of lime and just a liiiiiiiiiittle bit of salt and pepper. Another one: my grandmother (Irish) used to give me a boiled potato to snack on between meals. Unlike my mother, she wasn't shy about the salt. To this day, even just the sight of cooked potato flesh with a sprinkling of salt--like, say, when you've got them all in a pan just before mashing for puree--takes me back to my grandma's kitchen.

    Love your post! (And yes, I love Muenster cheese. I don't use it enough, either. Resolution for this weekend!) Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs , and I'm very glad you found me. I'm following you, too.

  2. I can't recall eating Muenster cheese, but I like cheese, and trying new types of food. Your blog is cool with interesting posts so you'll be seeing me again. Following you too. AtoZer http://www.writer-way.blogspot.com

  3. Hmm, you know, I don't know if I've really ever had Muenster cheese before. But I'm now extremely hungry for some. Great post! If you have time, and want to, you can check out my M post.

  4. I too haven't had this cheese but will surly give it a try. It had made me hungry for cheese. Going to make a snack right now:)

  5. A really interesting post. Thank you so much, nice to follow and connect through atozchallenge.

  6. Thank you everyone for stopping by and for following! I seem to be having some difficulties with commenting on posts, but I would be responding to everyone separately. Will be looking forward to stopping by each of your blogs!.

  7. There's a mexican restaurant near my aunt's house that serves muenster cheese on all of their food! We all liked it so much that one time she asked what type of cheese it was, and from then on, she always buys muenster for taco nights! :)