Different Styles of Cheese You Should Know About

There is no denying the fact that cheese is undoubtedly a happy accident within the food industry. Everyone loves cheese irrespective of whether they are on a diet or not. If you want to make cheese, the three most important ingredients that are needed include milk, salt, and most importantly, live microbial cultures, which include rennet. Particular strains of live microbes are normally added to the milk, which plays the role of providing every cheese variety with a distinct and unique flavour. Given below is a list of the various styles of cheese that you should know about. 

Fresh cheese

Fresh cheeses are also referred to as unripened cheese because during the manufacturing process, they are not aged. They are soft and can be spread easily and the texture that they have is creamy. The flavours are also mild. Like all the other varieties of cheese, fresh cheese is made of milk and salt. Popular fresh cheeses you should know about include:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Queso Fresco
  • Ricotta
  • Mascarpone
  • Chevre

Pasta filata

When fresh cheese is dipped in hot water and stretched, pasta filata is formed. Mozzarella is undoubtedly one of the most popular varieties of this style of cheese. According to www.forbes.com, mozzarella is one of the most expensive cheeses in the world. Flavor can also be added to this kind of cheese. The other kinds of cheeses that belong to this category include:

  • Burrata
  • Provolone
  • Queso Oaxaca
  • Caciocavallo
  • Scamorza affumicata

Soft ripened cheese

This kind of cheese is completely ripened from the outside as well as the inside. This type of cheese is also referred to as the Bloomy Rind cheese. The unique characteristic of this creamy and earthy cheese is that there is a kind of blooming mould, which gives the unique taste of the cheese. This cheese tastes the best when it is consumed at room temperature. The different varieties of soft and ripened cheeses include:

  • Brie
  • Cambozola
  • Camembert

Semi-soft cheese

This kind of cheese concentrates mostly on texture in comparison to the manufacturing process of cheese. The aging period is short, typically a few months. This results in a moist and flexible cheese that has a beautiful and creamy consistency. Given below is a list of the different types of semi-soft cheese that you should know about. 

  • Havarti
  • Jarlsberg
  • Muenster
  • Chaumes

Washed-Rind cheese

This kind of cheese is normally rinsed twice every week with beer, seawater, liquor, or wine, for around two months. They are washed because this helps in killing the mould and also helps in promoting the growth of a unique bacterium, which is known as Brevibacterium linens. The list of this kind of cheese includes:

  • Limburger
  • Alsatian Munster
  • Taleggio
  • Epoisses

Semi-hard cheese

Cheddar is one of the classic semi-hard cheeses that are available in the market. Apart from cheddar, given below is a list of the other types of cheese that belong to the category of semi-hard cheese. 

  • Gouda
  • Emmental
  • Edam
  • Gruyere
  • Swiss
  • Monterey Jack


Several varieties of cheese are available in the markets that taste divine. Make sure that you consider the list that has been mentioned above so that you can taste the cheese that you have never tasted before. 

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