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A Wisconsin Girl's Guide to Everything Cheese

Updated on September 7, 2014

Smile and Say Cheese! Discover the Joy and Diversity of Wisconsin Cheese

As a home-grown girl from Wisconsin I know a lot about cheese. It comes in many forms: blocks, melted, shredded, grated, stringed, processed, hard, soft, semi-soft- the list goes on. Cheese can be an appetizer, snack, soup, sandwich, dinner, or desert. There are over 1,000 varieties of different cheeses. In Wisconsin we take cheese so seriously there are even laws in regard to its use and some of us choose to wear cheese hats! Cheese is one of the most versatile foods available that can either enhance a dish or be the dish all on its own.


Fun Facts About Cheese

  • Cheese remains have been discovered in tombs in Egypt that are thought to be over 4,000 years old.
  • Greece consumes the highest amount of cheese per capita of any country in the world.
  • Some homes in ancient Rome had a room specifically for making cheese called a careale.
  • The holes in Swiss cheese are created by the expansion of gas during the ripening period.
  • Queen Victoria received a giant wheel of cheddar cheese as a wedding gift that weighted over 1,000 lbs.
  • Wisconsin alone has 126 cheese plants and 18,000 dairy farms.

Make Your Own Cheese at Home

For many people making cheese is not only a hobby but a way of life. There are many quick and easy recipes and it can be very cost effective. All you need to get started in the way of equipment is cheesecloth, dairy thermometer, measuring spoons and a steel pot. There are fantastic cookbooks available with hundreds of delicious cheese recipes. There are also cheese making kits available that can be easier for beginners. Impress your guests at your next party by home-making your own cheese tray.

Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses
Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses

This top-rated Cheese-making cookbook provides easy to follow instructions on the basics of cheese-making as well as some more advanced techniques. The multitude of delicious recipes makes it an absolute must for any budding cheese-making enthusiast.

 

Cheese Making Kit

This cheese making kit will get you on your make to making your own delicious cheese in your home. There are multiple flavors and types available.

Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit

This kit is really easy to use and makes delicious cheese. We made a pizza using the cheese from this kit.

 

The History of Fondue

Fondue was a classic peasant dish created in Switzerland as way of using up old cheese. The cheese (traditionally Gruyere and/or Emmenthaler) would be melted in a pot combined with some brandy and would then become a dip for stale breads which would help soften the bread. It is thought that fondue is shared out of one pot due to the fact that poor Swiss villagers were unable to afford utensils so they all dipped out of the same pot.

The name Fondue is derived from the French verb "to melt" or fondre.

Fondue today has many variations of wine, cheeses and other seasonings and has branched out to include other types beside cheese such as the popular chocolate fondue.

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"A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye."

~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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cheesecake-recipe

Basic Cheesecake Recipe

Add your favorite topping

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

2 tsp vanilla

5 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1/8 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the white sugar, and the melted butter together until combined. Grease a 9 inch springform pan and press mixture into the bottom.

2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, eggs and egg yolks; mix until smooth. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups white sugar, flour and heavy cream. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into prepared crust.

3. Do not pre-heat oven. Bake at 200 degrees F (100 degrees C) and continue baking for 3 hours 10 minutes or until filling is firm but not too firm. Turn off oven and leave open a crack and let cheesecake cool for 1 hour, then refrigerate. Refrigerate overnight for best results.

Make a cheesecake tonight

This cheesecake cookbook provides many more delicious recipes so you can make your favorite tonight.

The Cheesecake Bible: Includes 200 Recipes
The Cheesecake Bible: Includes 200 Recipes

Includes a great variety of additional delicious recipes

 

Fun Wisconsin Cheese Gift

This is a great Wisconsin gifts to/from a Cheesehead. It combines two of a Wisconsinite's favorite things- cheese and beer!

© 2012 Melissa Miotke

Do you eat Wisconsin cheese?

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    • delia-delia profile image

      Delia 

      5 years ago

      I happen to live in Wisconsin and love cheese, but have to be careful what I eat because of my cholesterol. The first thing I noticed when we moved here, was the Fish Fry, Cheese, Beer and Brats...yep all healthy eating ~ ha ha :-) I do favor French and German cheese for the taste

    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 

      5 years ago

      I love cheese. Where I live is right on the Ontario/Quebec border in Canada. In Quebec they have some of the finest cheese I have ever had (and I lived in France for three years and tried many!)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      Love cheese from both Wisconsin and Vermont (as well as France and Netherlands). Wisconsin makes some great cheese. We love it.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Well, we eat the competition from here in New York. We're in the heart of the dairy farmers of the state. I'll have to look hard for cheese from Wisconsin.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 

      5 years ago

      I love Wisconsin cheese. Excellent photos and lens.

    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Apple pie and cheese? I love cheese and enjoyed visiting.

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      Rosaquid 

      5 years ago

      Wow! I really bombed on the quizzes! I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing!

    • Diva2Mom profile image

      Diva2Mom 

      5 years ago

      Oh my gosh, what a very FUN, creative and informational lens! I was so well-entertained by your cheese quizzes. I truly enjoyed learning the fun way! I learned something new about Wisconsin...didn't know that cheese is very important over there,,,and girl, I must agree! I love different kinds of CHEESE! I am health-fanatic or health conscious, I must say, and part of my daily diet is to drink a glass of Red wine (love its antioxidant content ya know), and I CANNOT drink it WITHOUT CHEESE. One of my closest friends is Italian and we would always hang out and enjoy different types of cheese and she introduced me to many different kinds...now I know I don't have to go to Italy or France to see some great quality cheese, haha. I'll pack my bag and go to WISCONSIN, wohooo! I love this lens very much! Gotta try also your fabulous recipes here...Melissa, I'm gonna gain some weight, lol! Great job once again! Muah! God bless :)

    • iijuan12 profile image

      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I love cooking with it. Fun lens!

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      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      Love it, and fondue's the best!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      When shopping, I inevitably end up with three to five types of cheese. Is cheese considered to be addictive?

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Lovely lens - fun quizzes and nice recipes. blessed........

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      Stephen Bush 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Eating cheese can lead to addiction. I know from my case I can hardly survive a day without my regular dose...;))

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      momsfunny 

      5 years ago

      I like cheese and I love cheese fondue.

    • Melissa Miotke profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      @IncomeFromHomeT: I will definitely get more recipes on here.

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      Barbara Isbill 

      5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      A delicious lens!

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      IncomeFromHomeT 

      5 years ago

      More cheese recipes please! I should have been from Wisconsin, since I LOVE cheese!Hmm, I have brie and raspberries, I wonder if there's any filo dough left in the freezer to wrap it in and bake . . .

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      LoriBeninger 

      5 years ago

      What a fun lens! My cheese knowledge is abysmal, but I had a great time. Thanks.

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      ussiandiram 

      5 years ago

      i use cheese only for breads...

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      intermarks 

      5 years ago

      Swiss cheese is my favorite. Brie is the cheese that I fear the most.

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      Cheese is one of my favorite culinary treats.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 

      5 years ago

      We love cheese, especially imported Provolone from our favorite Italian deli.

    • Melissa Miotke profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      @LornsA178: Ahh Woodman's. I love that store. I miss it since I moved to Arizona.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I haven't had any fondue in forever. Wish I had some right now! Enjoyed your lens!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 

      5 years ago

      I love Wisconsin cheese, we shop at Woodman's every 2 weeks. We have to travel 17 miles from Illinois just to shop there. Good lens.

    • Mandy Stradley profile image

      Mandy Stradley 

      5 years ago

      Cheesecake sounds so good right now!

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      Camden1 

      6 years ago

      I love cheese, even the fake canned stuff!

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I enjoy wine and cheese. Your enticing lens made me crave cheese right now (and it's morning!) Angel Blessings**

    • Melissa Miotke profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      @LiteraryMind: I think that's a good take:) I'll go with that too!

    • Melissa Miotke profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      @Countryluthier: Thank you!

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I dont't know my curds from..... Great lense! Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love, love cheese. Was so glad to learn that Greeks consume the highest amount of cheese per capita. They are supposed to be one of the healthiest countries in the world -- so I take that as the go ahead on cheese.

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love cheese and a Wisconsin girl outta know all about cheese!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Looks like I'm not a cheese expert, but I do love sharp cheddar cheese with just about anything!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Looks like I'm not a cheese expert, but I do love sharp cheddar cheese with just about anything!

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      jennyb85 

      6 years ago

      As a fellow Wisconsinite, I am ashamed of my cheese quiz scores!!

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