Gourmet News • Spring Cheese Guide 2021

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FEATURED PRODUCTS Widmer's Aged Brick Cheese

Monti Trentini Aged Black Truffle Caciotta

Brick cheese is an American original and is among the first washed rind cheeses produced in the U.S. It was developed in 1877 by John Jossi, a Swissborn cheesemaker. As Jossi did, Joe Widmer uses real brick to press his cheese, the same bricks his grandfather used in 1922. After pressing, the cheese is placed in a salt brine for 11 hours, then moved to a warm, humid curing room where it is washed and turned daily for seven days. It

Monti Trentini Aged Black Truffle Caciotta is the creamery's new product introduction for 2021. It's an evolution of the company's best-selling Caciotta Tartufo. It's aged for a minimum of three months. During that time, it's hand-rubbed weekly and cured by expert affineurs. The flavor of the aged cheese and texture of the curd are perfect complements to the truffle flavor that's endowed by the real Italian black truffle pieces within the cheese. Beyond that, the Aged Truffle Caciotta is differentiated by a black coating all around the wheels, which average 5 pounds each, and the en-

is then packed in parchment paper and foil. It reaches peak flavor at four to five months. This semi-soft cheese has a pleasant, earthy flavor that intensifies with age. Widmer’s Aged Brick is also available with c a r a w a y seeds. Suggested retail price is $12.99 to $15.99/pound. Widmer's Cheese Cellars 888.878.1107 www.widmerscheese.com

I Siciliani Primosale with Pistachio Primosale with Pistachio is a fresh sheep’s milk cheese stuffed with dried and shredded pistachios, which add a slightly salty taste to the primosale’s delicate and sweet flavor. I Siciliani is produced by Biopek, which creates authentic and traditional cheeses from Sicily following the centuries-old experience of the shepherds. This safeguards the rich gastronomic, environmental and cultural heritage of the region. The company sets itself apart with its enthusiasm and desire to create new solutions by of-

fering experience in the development of partnership projects to bring value to all of its customers. The company cherishes its products, and remains faithful to its standards, while continuously trying to improve. The fresh primosale cheeses combine a delicate taste with a surprising versatility that makes them protagonists of the table in all dishes, either alone or in combination with other ingredients. Savello USA Inc. www.savellousa.com

Entremont French Brie Discover the incredibly creamy French Brie Entremont, made with fresh milk collected from 250 family farms in a 60-mile radius around the dairy in the Auvergne hills, at an altitude of 2,000 feet high or more. This milk is transformed into cheese in an open tank by a team of expert cheesemakers and flipped by hand in the fromagerie in the small village of Saint-Mamet. 20

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This delicious pasteurized cow milk cheese is enriched with cream for a luxuriously smooth texture and a creamy flavor. An indulgent treat for your cheese platter, your sandwiches or wrapped in a pastry crust and baked! Product available in different pack sizes. Entremont cheeses are imported into the U.S. by Atalanta. Atalanta Corporation 908.351.8000 www.atalantacorp.com

graved (not painted) logos and main information. Each small logo on the outer part is placed to help cut wedges of approximately half a pound. The wheels come vacuum packed, with one per box. The box can be either generic or more luxurious. The luxury box version, ideal for gifts or display, presents the same pattern of the Caciotta and can also be personalized. The product has 180 days of shelf life. Monti Trentini www.montitrentini.com

SnackUPs Cheese Dip Snack Packs Dairyfood USA has taken its Cheese Dip & Pretzel Snack Pack concept to another level with a major redesign under the SnackUps brand. SnackUps provide a more elevated snacking experience by combining Wisconsin made cheese dip and crispy pretzels together for a satisfying snack. The eye-catching design now properly reflects the quality of the product inside while allowing the customer to visually see more of the product. Addi-

tional benefits of the new package design also include functionality that allows retailers to doublestack the product for improved merchandising opportunities both in and out of the cooler as well as visual appeal for the shopper. SnackUps provide a robust 8g of protein and 170 mg of calcium with only 210 calories. Dairyfood USA Inc. www.dairyfoodusa.com/snack-packs /snack-packs.aspx

Gayo Azul Edam Balls Gayo Azul Edam Balls have been crafted in Holland for decades, combining the rich heritages of Dutch and Hispanic cheesemaking. Edam cheese is one of the most famous Dutch cheeses, traditionally produced in a ball shape. It is named after the small Dutch town of Edam, where it was first produced. Imported from The Netherlands, Gayo Azul Edam is a young cheese made with partskim milk for a rich, buttery flavor

and a smooth, creamy texture. Edam is a traditional table cheese, and it tastes great in sandwiches or simply as a snack. Gayo Azul Edam melts beautifully in baking dishes, and it's delicious cubed in salads and vegetable dishes. FrieslandCampina 201.655.7730 www.gayoazul.com

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