Box Club – Zurich – September 2021

Dear Cheese Lover,

Welcome to our September Box featuring the wonderful and diverse canton of Zurich!  Get ready to taste a beautiful and unique selection of artisanal cheeses that we discovered on our road trip to Hinwil and Wald.

Thanks for joining our adventure!  We hope you love your Box!

Warmest regards,

Lhney & Johana – the Cheese Ladies

Selected By L'Atelier du Fromage

The Box Club for September 2021

Offering a taste of Canton Zurich

Heuhuufe

Chäsi Girenbad

Heuhuufe is an ivory-colored, semi-hard artisanal cheese made with fresh, raw hay milk from cows.  Hay milk refers to animal feeding adapted to the cycle of the seasons.  Hay milk cows are fed hay during the winter months, and grasses and herbs during the warmer months.

This cheese has a wide variety of unfamiliar, delicate flavors and aromas that keep you intrigued.  There are notes of hay as expected since it is made with hay milk and infused with freshly brewed hay tea.

Characteristics :  An ivory-colored, semi-hard cheese made with raw, hay milk from cows and infused with hay tea.

Type of milk :  Raw cow’s milk, hay milk

Serving suggestion :  Enjoy at the breakfast table, at an apéro, or nestled inside a sandwich.  Best enjoyed cool or at room temperature to enjoy its full flavor.  This cheese prefers not to be heated.

FüürStei

Chäsi Girenbad

FüürStei is a semi-hard, cow`s milk cheese with an interesting story.  Its unique flavor comes from natural smoke.  After maturing, the cheese is debarked (rind removed), portioned, and then smoked.  Its firm texture is enhanced by the smokey, spicy taste.  The cheese also imparts a strong meaty flavor that reminds us of charcuterie.  Due to its strong character, FüürStei can be enjoyed with a bolder red wine.

Characteristics :  Semi-hard, smoked cheese with a color ranging from ivory to brown.

Type of milk :  Raw cow’s milk

Serving suggestion :  A unique cheese that will stimulate conversation at your next apéro.  We love it paired with a glass of rich red wine.  Given the hearty, savory flavors of this cheese, it can be enjoyed as a meat substitute.

Pecoretta is a rare find in Switzerland.  It is made with pure, whole sheep’s milk from the neighboring pastures.  The cheese is aromatic with a slightly firm texture and pleasantly salty like good feta. You can hold onto Summer longer with this cheese by crumbling over fresh salads or topping on wood-fired pizzas!

Characteristics :  A tangy, semi-hard fresh cheese similar in taste and texture to feta.  Made with fresh, whole, sheep’s milk from a neighboring farm.

Type of milk :  Pasteurized ewe’s milk

Serving suggestion :  Perfect for a salad, on pizza, or finely grated over fried egg

It is a unique Discovery to find a blue cheese made with sheep’s milk in Switzerland.  Blue Dream has the perfect name!  Its smooth, creamy dough draws you into a beautiful dream.  It has a nice tanginess that balances the creaminess that envelopes your mouth.  The blue cheese flavor is mild to medium when enjoyed young.  Perfect if you are new to blue cheeses.  However, if you are looking for stronger flavors and softer textures, let it ripen longer in your refrigerator before savoring.

Characteristics :  A spicy, soft blue cheese made with 100% whole sheep’s milk from local pastures. Pricked by hand to streak with blue mold.

Type of milk : Pasteurized ewe’s milk

Serving suggestion :  Lovely presented on an apéro platter, harmonizes beautifully with a dessert wine

Visiting the Cheese Dairies

On our road trip to canton Zurich, we met two cheesemakers who are passionate about their craftsmanship.  Both families have continued the work started by their father, who are both co-founders of the Natürli platform.

Our Box of September celebrates the family businesses that are passed from generation to generation!  It is our pleasure to share these cheese dairies and their stories with you.

Chäsi Girenbad

Stopped to listen to the cows on our road trip to Chäsi Girenbad.

It was a beautiful drive to Chäsi Girenbad.  Find out why we had to re-visit this cheese dairy!

Schafmilchkäserei Koster

Smelling the lush meadows near Wald.

We love stories with happy endings!  Find out how this lovely couple met and how they took on her family’s business.

Join us next month to discover the artisanal cheeses of Bern!

Available to order until 30 September.  Delivered on 14 October.

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