Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser
The cheese name is Italian for Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. After emigrating from Switzerland, Fritz Kaiser established his namesake fromagerie in Noyan, Quebec in 1981.
Made by Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser
Founded in 1981 by Mr. Fritz Kaiser, the fromagerie is situated in Noyan, Quebec, close to the New York State border. Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser specializes in the production of washed, bloomy and mixed rind cheeses, and has garnered several prestigious awards in the past few years.
About this cheese
This semi-soft, uncooked, pressed cheese is surface-ripened for over 6 weeks and made with pasteurized milk. The rind gets washed and rubbed in brine; giving it an orangey colour lightly covered with a white bloom. It has a smooth and creamy texture, and is dotted throughout with small holes. The buttery taste and milky, slightly acidic aroma will vary from mild to strong depending on the age of the cheese.
Pair it with...
beerPair with amber beers.
winePair with a fruity, vibrant wine. (Pinot Gris)
The Zurigo 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.
To preserve freshness of washed-rind cheeses, use breathable wrap like waxed paper to allow oxygen to work with the bacteria.
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 Zurigo cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.