We continue our exploration of cheese from around the world with a look at Lucerne cheese today.
What is Lucerne Cheese?
Lucerne Cheese is another of our local selections, made in Charm, Ohio by the original producer Guggisberg Cheese. The Guggisberg Cheese Company was started in 1967 just outside of Charm, Ohio by cheese connoisseur Alfred Guggisberg, an alumnus of the famous Swiss Federal “Molkereishulle” (Cheese Maker’s Institute).
Lucerne Cheese is a young, semi-soft cheese with small holes, somewhat similar to Baby Swiss. It has a very mild flavor that is both light and smooth. It’s also lower in fat and sodium than Swiss cheese, making it a delicious favorite for those counting calories or watching their sodium intake.
Do you offer other local cheeses?
Yes! We stock a huge range of local cheeses including Swiss, Baby Swiss, Sharp Swiss, Amish Butter Cheese, Yogurt Cheese, and several variations of each. We’re really proud to stock such a great range of cheeses from right here in Ohio. Please pop into the store if would ever like to try any of them; we’re happy to help!
How is Lucerne Cheese made?
Lucerne cheese is made in the same manner as many other kinds of cheese, by separating the curds and whey. Natural bacteria consume the lactic acid in the cheese, producing small holes. The aging process breaks down the milk sugar, reducing the carbohydrates in the cheese as well as the lactose content.
How should I eat Lucerne Cheese?
This cheese melts well, so you could enjoy a slice of it on a burger or in a healthier grilled cheese. Our favorite way to eat it is grated over soups and salads. It adds flavor and texture without adding too much fat to your meal. It’s also mild enough that it won’t overpower your dish.
If you are serving it as part of a cheeseboard, try to include fruits such as pears, apples, and grapes. The sweetness of these fruits is excellent against the mild cheese. Cut the Lucerne into thin slices that your guests can enjoy or even cubes to accompany fruit on skewers. It’s a great snacking cheese for those moments in the afternoon when you need a quick savory pick-me-up.
What should I drink with Lucerne Cheese?
This cheese pairs very well with a wide selection of different wines. The most popular red wine pairings are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but Beaujolais and Pinot Noir are also great matches. If you prefer white wine, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc would all be good choices. If you are a beer lover, then Lucerne Cheese goes well with Lager, Pale Ale, and Weiss Beer.
How do you like to eat Lucerne Cheese? Let us know in the comments!
Most of us are partial to cheese and enjoy choosing from over thousand different varieties. Cheese comes in a variety of different textures, flavors and aromas. If you are very fond of cheese and are health conscious, low fat varieties such as Lucerne cheese can add nutrition and flavor to our food through the year.
Cheese is categorized into varieties based on the methods used for production, type of milk used, local preference and taste. Cheese making is an art by itself and is as delicate as wine making. There are many health benefits of including low fat cheese in our daily diet.
Cheese enhances bone health and prevents osteoporosis. Cheese is also rich in calcium and offers all related benefits. For vegetarians, cheese provides ample protein. A cube of cheese contains around 5 to 7 grams of protein.
One of the most popular low fat cheeses used by dieters is Lucerne cheese. This cheese comes with small holes and is semi-soft and young. It is low in sodium and fat and comes in a mild, smooth and light flavor. If you are cautious about your sodium intake or if you are on a strict diet, this cheese is ideal for you.
The aging process during the making of Lucerne cheese and other low fat or normal cheese breaks down the milk sugar. It is therefore low in carbohydrates and ideal for diabetics. Low fat cheese is also ideal for those who are intolerant to lactose as it contains minimal or no lactose.
You can enjoy cheese in many ways. The best way to enjoy the goodness of Lucerne cheese is to grate it over soups and salads. If you wish to enjoy mouthwatering, delicious, cheese dripping sandwiches, add in a slice to your whole wheat vegetable sandwich.
Make steamed broccoli and melt Lucerne cheese over it to enjoy a delicious snack. This low fat cheese can also be had with fruits as appetizers. You can enjoy cubes of Lucerne cheese for a snack as you do not have to worry about the fat content.
Lucerne cheese comes with 17% fat calories, 38% protein calories and 45% carbohydrate calories. Add in a generous quantity of low fat cheese like Lucerne cheese in your diet and complement this with regular exercise and you are on your way to a healthy and fit lifestyle. You can find recipes for mouthwatering dishes using Lucerne cheese. Be sure to try them all.