Wisconsin Cheese 101: How Cheese Is Made
Wisconsin: America's Dairyland. The state certainly lives up to its nickname, with over 12,000 dairy farm families, together producing about one-fourth of US cheese, the most out of any state. So who are these cheese giants? The Daily Meal took a tour of Wisconsin's top cheesemakers to see how it's done.
Many of the cheesemakers in Wisconsin today are the descendants of immigrants who moved to the state from places like Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, and brought their cheesemaking heritage with them. Many of the cheeses made today were first created to appeal to the immigrants that settled in Wisconsin. Chalet Cheese Cooperatives’s Limburger and Widmer’s Cheese Cellars’ German Brick were made to appeal to the German immigrants that settled near the dairy farms.
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