World of Cheese: Norwegian

The most popular Norwegian cheese in America is Jarlsberg, but there are others … and Giant Eagle® has them.
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  • Jarlsberg is a cow's milk cheese with irregular holes, a shiny yellow color, and a yellow wax rind. It tastes mild, buttery, and creamy, especially when compared to the smoky undertones of a Swiss. Giant Eagle sells Jarlsberg Lite, which has 50% less fat and 30% fewer calories than the regular cheese, but tastes just as wonderful. Jarlsberg makes a great snack with crackers, a luscious dip, spread or fondue, and a wonderful sauce. Browse recipes.
  • Ridders is a semisoft cheese with a sharp, aromatic taste and a tart, unwashed rind. It’s a good choice for your cheese tray. Light, fruity wines enhance its flavor.
  • Snøfrisk (“snow fresh”) was created to celebrate the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. It’s an unripe cream cheese that spreads easily. Snøfrisk is made of 80% goat's milk and 20% cow's cream. Try a flavored Snøfrisk, such as juniper berry, dill, or forest mushroom.

Storage Suggestions

  • The softer the cheese, the more likely it is to spoil. Always chill softer cheeses immediately after serving.
  • To store soft cheeses properly, wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  • If stored correctly, your semi-soft cheese will last two to four weeks.