Friday, January 04, 2013

brunost and messmör

Very welcome Xmas gifts, thanks to a couple of Scandinavian markets in London.

Both of these are whey products.

The brown cheese is made from goat's milk and whey. It is commonly called "getost" (Swedish) or "geitost" (Norwegian), which both mean "goat's cheese". This is a Norwegian one made by TINE. Typically served thin-sliced on crispbread. You fold down the plastic wrapping as you use up the cheese.

According to some definitions it does not qualify as true cheese because it is not made with curds. But it has the consistency of a hard cheese. 

The tub at the front contains a sandwich spread (about the consistency of Primula cheese spread). In this case the whey and butter come from cow's milk. The maker is Fjällbrynt, based in Östersund in Jämtland, Sweden. The Swedish word for this popular spread is "messmör" which basically means whey butter. ("Vassle" is the usual word for whey, but "Mese" is cognate with Norwegian "Myse" and is the word used in connection with local Jämtland produce.

Both products are noticeably sweet. The cheese not only looks like Caramac, it also tastes like it (a bit). So children adore these foods, but only if they're introduced to them early, before reason and fear set in. 

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