DCI Cheese reintroducing Liederkranz variety

by Eric Schroeder
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RICHFIELD, WIS. — DCI Cheese Co. is reintroducing Liederkranz, an American-made, surface-ripened snack cheese. The cheese, which has been out of production since 1985, is available for purchase in specialty stores in the Midwest starting this month.

According to DCI Cheese, Liederkranz is similar to Germany’s Limburger cheese, made subtly different by the use of a distinct bacterial culture for ripening.

“The cow’s milk cheese has the same texture and unique aroma, but features a distinctively robust and buttery flavor,” DCI Cheese said. “It is made in a small, rectangular shape and has a moist, edible, golden yellow crust with a pale ivory interior and a heavy, honey-like consistency. It is particularly well complemented by dark bread and dark beer and can be used as an appetizer, on salads or sandwiches, or with fruits. As the cheese matures, the crust turns golden brown and the cheese a deeper color. Both flavor and aroma become much stronger.”

Founded in 1975, DCI Cheese is the largest importer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty cheeses and other restaurant-quality prepared foods in the United States. The company’s brands include Black Diamond, Goldy’s, Joan of Arc, King’s Choice, Meza, Nikos, Organic Creamery and Salemville.

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