Lucerne Cheese: Everything You Need to Know

We continue our exploration of cheese from around the world with a look at Lucerne cheese today.

What is Lucerne Cheese?

Lucerne Cheese is another of our local selections, made in Charm, Ohio by the original producer Guggisberg Cheese. The Guggisberg Cheese Company was started in 1967 just outside of Charm, Ohio by cheese connoisseur Alfred Guggisberg, an alumnus of the famous Swiss Federal “Molkereishulle” (Cheese Maker’s Institute).

Lucerne Cheese is a young, semi-soft cheese with small holes, somewhat similar to Baby Swiss.  It has a very mild flavor that is both light and smooth. It’s also lower in fat and sodium than Swiss cheese, making it a delicious favorite for those counting calories or watching their sodium intake.

Do you offer other local cheeses?

Yes! We stock a huge range of local cheeses including Swiss, Baby Swiss, Sharp Swiss, Amish Butter Cheese, Yogurt Cheese, and several variations of each. We’re really proud to stock such a great range of cheeses from right here in Ohio. Please pop into the store if would ever like to try any of them; we’re happy to help!

How is Lucerne Cheese made?

Lucerne cheese is made in the same manner as many other kinds of cheese, by separating the curds and whey. Natural bacteria consume the lactic acid in the cheese, producing small holes. The aging process breaks down the milk sugar, reducing the carbohydrates in the cheese as well as the lactose content.

How should I eat Lucerne Cheese?

This cheese melts well, so you could enjoy a slice of it on a burger or in a healthier grilled cheese. Our favorite way to eat it is grated over soups and salads. It adds flavor and texture without adding too much fat to your meal. It’s also mild enough that it won’t overpower your dish.

If you are serving it as part of a cheeseboard, try to include fruits such as pears, apples, and grapes. The sweetness of these fruits is excellent against the mild cheese. Cut the Lucerne into thin slices that your guests can enjoy or even cubes to accompany fruit on skewers. It’s a great snacking cheese for those moments in the afternoon when you need a quick savory pick-me-up.

What should I drink with Lucerne Cheese?

This cheese pairs very well with a wide selection of different wines.  The most popular red wine pairings are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but Beaujolais and Pinot Noir are also great matches.  If you prefer white wine, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc would all be good choices.  If you are a beer lover, then Lucerne Cheese goes well with Lager, Pale Ale, and Weiss Beer.

How do you like to eat Lucerne Cheese? Let us know in the comments!

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