App Highlights USA Cheese Varieties, Pairings and Recipes from Around the Globe
To make it easier than ever to enjoy cheeses produced in the United States, the USA Cheese Guild has created the USA Cheeseboard app which features cheese profiles, over 150 recipes by cheese type, and almost 300 cheese and beverage pairings. The goal of the app is to help educate chefs and consumers about the craftsmanship, quality, variety and versatility of USA Cheese.
The new app highlights over 15 U.S. cheese varieties, including:
Monterey Jack Cheese
One of the first uniquely American cheeses, Monterey Jack was invented in 1882 by David Jacks, a dairy owner and businessman in Monterey, California.
It is an excellent melting cheese, so it is great for soups, sauces and casseroles, as well as sliced or shredded. It pairs well in global cuisines, like this beef satay recipe, or in fusion dishes such as this stuffed chicken breast:
The USA is the world’s largest producer, with more than 1.7 million metric tons currently produced annually. That’s five times more than what is produced in England and 60% of world production. Wisconsin produces the most cheddar cheese in the U.S. Mild cheddar is aged for up to three months, medium cheddar is aged for three to six months, with sharp cheddar aged for six months or more.
While cheddar is great just sliced on a cracker, its meltability makes it ideal for cooking. Try these international dishes featuring cheddar:
The USA makes about a third of all the parmesan produced in the world. U.S. parmesan comes in many styles and ages to please any palate. It is aged for 10 months minimum, and up to two years or more. It has a buttery, nutty, somewhat sweet and slightly salty flavor.
Parmesan is not only for pizza and pasta dishes. Try making these global dishes, and see how parmesan cheese gives them extra pizzaz.
The United States is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cheese, and also holds the distinction as producing the most variety of cheeses. There are over 1,300 registered cheese manufacturing facilities, producing more than 1,000 varieties of cheeses from milk supplied by U.S. dairy farms.
The United States also produces many award-winning cheeses, with flavor-infused, rubbed-rind cheeses, and other varieties pushing the limits of innovation, flavor, and artisanship. Oregon-based Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue cheese was crowned World’s Best Cheese at the 2019 World Cheese Awards, with the U.S. cheeses winning an additional 131 honors. At the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest, USA Cheeses earned 94 Best in Class finishes.
The USA Cheese Guild is also launching a new website this spring, which will feature dairy farmers, cheesemaker profiles and award-winning cheeses, along with recipes, videos and more.
About the USA Cheese Guild
The USA Cheese Guild represents American dairy farmers and the entire U.S. cheese community to build global awareness of the excellent cheeses from the USA. Through education and promotions, the Guild aims to inform chefs, importers, and consumers about the craftsmanship, quality, innovation, variety, and versatility of USA Cheeses.
The Guild sanctions the USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program, which is offered through workshops and many prestigious culinary schools and universities worldwide. With this program, culinary students and professionals as well as food importers, distributors, and retailers can learn more about cheese, how to use it or sell it, and most of all discover an industry they never knew existed.
Managed by the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the USA Cheese Guild is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and has offices across Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.
Visit www.CheeseFromTheUSA.org to learn more about the cheese community and the dairy farmers who make cheesemaking in the USA possible as well as meet our talented and passionate cheesemakers who work tirelessly every day to bring the world amazing cheeses for all to enjoy.