It was recommended that I tried Muenster Cheese last Month because...
- ShowUsYourRack Jan 8, 2014 11:13 PM
I told a friend that Cheddar Cheese was amongst my favorite Cheeses so far (which is a somewhat Hard, salty Cheese), yet Muenster Cheese as far as I've heard/studied was somewhat of a Soft Cheese with a slight odor to it. I think I'd also prefer the outside "skin", but how (if at all) would you say that the "skin" makes Muenster Cheese better or worse?
Do any of you guys think that there's a similarity or quality that would make me wanna try Muenster Cheese simply because I enjoy(ed) the salty, Hard Cheddar Cheese like my friend(s) suggested. Keep in mind that I don't have as much experience tasting Soft Cheeses as I do Cheeses like Cheddar. Thanks for any help &/or suggestions of other Cheeses.
Are you referring to the Muenster Cheese found in American grocery stores ad nauseum (bland, yellowish white stuff my wife insists on buying because it melts well) or the French Munster (a quite different smear-ripened product) ?
The real Munster cheese is a pungent cheese. I have tried it several times and don't really like it but there are few washed rind cheeses that I do enjoy. I agree with others that Muenster, the American cheese, is usually quite bland and flavorless. The only brand I have found worth buying is Applegate Muenster cheese which is similar in flavor to Havarti or Tilsiter.
I don't think that just because you liked an aged cheddar you will necessarily like French Munster. If your friend was referring to American Muenster than I think it's just more likely as it's a mild cheese that most wouldn't find offensive.