Empire Cheese And Butter Co-Operative

Havarti - Empire

The delicious flavour and bright and buttery aroma of Havarti cheese will tempt cheese lovers.

Made by Empire Cheese And Butter Co-Operative

Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op is the only cheese manufacturing plant operating in Northumberland County, and the first one east of Toronto! It is owned by local dairy farmers who hold an election each year to vote in a Board of Directors to run the factory. At Empire, cheese is made in the traditional way in open-style vats.

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About this cheese

The delicious flavour and bright and buttery aroma of Havarti cheese will tempt cheese lovers. Empire Havarti is flexible in texture, with a taste that starts off smooth, but gets pleasantly saltier over time.

Pair it with...


Pair with light beers.

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Serve with sourdough or rye breads.

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Pair with a full-bodied white wine, such as Gewürztraminer.

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Serve with blanched fresh snap peas.

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Additional Information

Family Havarti
Texture Semi-soft
Province Ontario
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Thermalized
Moisture 50%
Milk fat 23%
Distribution Federal

Keeping Cheese


Havarti and Semi-soft cheeses in general, should keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.
Plastic wrap is the most versatile, accessible and efficient way to preserve cheese freshness. It also provides the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge.


Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Havarti cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and seal in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.

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