Cheese: A World of Choices

Cheese can be creamy or sharp, acidic or sweet, nutty or spicy. Some cheeses crumble at the touch, while others require a sharp knife to serve. We can help you find the cheese right for you!
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Selecting the right Jarlsberg for a fondue or the perfect Brie for an appetizer is made simple with our cheese glossary.

At Giant Eagle®, we carry over 400 varieties of imported, domestic and specialty cheeses. But selecting the right Jarlsberg for a fondue or the perfect Brie for an appetizer is made simple with our cheese glossary.

Fresh Unripened

  • Not aged, retains white color
  • Delicate, milky flavor
  • Soft, moist and spreadable

Soft Ripened

  • Edible rind
  • Firm and creamy, with holes close to the rind
  • Flavor ranges from mild and milky to rich and earthy

Washed Rind

  • Brushed or wiped with brine, herbs, beer or wine during ripening process
  • Bold and aromatic taste 

Cooked Pressed

  • Crafters heat or cook curds; then press the curds into cheese molds or forms
  • Ripening can take months to more than five years
  • Cheese is firm and smooth, sometimes with holes

 

 

Uncooked Pressed

  • During the press process, the cheese is formed and most whey is removed
  • Processing spans three months to more than five years
  • The age of the cheese determines its flavor — younger cheese has a milder flavor that grows nutty and spicy over time
  • Cheeses in this group include Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti, Jack and other popular varieties

Blues

  • Marbled with bluish-green injected mold
  • Variety of textures — including firm, crumbly or creamy
  • Flavors can range from earthy to sharp

Processed

  • A blend of one or more cheeses
  • Textures can range from smooth and spreadable to elastic
  • Additional ingredients can include herbs, spices, nuts, fruits or vegetables

Danish Cheese 

English Cheeses

  • Any cheese imported from England
  • Often farmstead produced, using milk from local farms
  • Cheddar, Stilton and Cheshire are some of the most popular
  • Learn more about English cheese

German Cheese 

Greek Cheese

Irish Cheese 

Italian Cheese

Norwegian Cheese 

Spanish Cheese

Swiss Cheese

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Source: Gourmet Cheese Detective