Today we continue our exploration of cheeses with a cheese that is very local to us and close to our hearts: Amish Butter Cheese.
What is Amish Butter Cheese?
Amish Butter Cheese is one of our premium local cheeses.
This unique cheese has a full buttery flavor and is traditionally made by the Amish, this cheese has a wide variety of uses. It is derived from butterkase, its closest ancestor. Butterkase is a buttery and creamy cheese that originates from Austria and Germany. Unlike its predecessor, it does not have a rind. It is a cow’s milk cheese with a pale yellow color. Good quality butter cheese is made from milk collected from cows that are not on artificial hormones. The Amish process of cheese-making does not include any artificial flavors, ingredients or preservatives, which gives the cheese real quality.
If you are fond of only the best quality cheese, it is important to choose authentic Amish butter. Remember that while most of the products labeled Amish butter cheese are genuine, some of them may just refer to Amish as a method of cheese making. These do not come with the Amish guarantee.
How should I eat it?
This cheese is ideal for melting and is featured in many fondue recipes. Try it with crudites and fresh bread for an incredibly fun dinner. Fondue is great if you are having guests over because everyone can select their own options.
It is also a good snack cheese as it is semi-soft and very easy to slice or cube. Many restaurants located near Amish counties feature butter cheese on their sandwiches and burgers. Try melting it in a grilled cheese or adding it to your favorite pasta dishes.
Are there any similar cheeses?
Yes, we also offer a cheese called Havarti, which is imported from Denmark. We stock the plain cheese as well as options infused with dill or caraway. Havarti Cheese has a buttery aroma and can be somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties, much like Swiss cheese. The taste is buttery, with both sweet and acidic undertones.
What should I drink with it?
This butter cheese pairs well with Chardonnay as the buttery flavors blend well together. For beer lovers, we would recommend trying this cheese with any lager or pilsner. It even pairs well with brandy!
Have you tried Amish Butter Cheese? How do you like to eat it? Let us know in the comments!
The Amish Communities are a big part of Shisler’s Cheese House. We pride ourselves in using local trade, producers, and Cheesemakers when we can. It is important to us as just as much as our customers, especially our regulars because you’re what keep us going. With everything over the years changing and becoming more modernized and grocery stores putting everything under one roof, it can really take its toll on local businesses.
This is why we love our Amish Community. The Amish people are Amish because of their religion. What they believe comes directly from the Bible:
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.” I John 2:15 RSV
Amish people came to the United States in search of religious freedom, as did many immigrants. In the 1700s, between 50 and 100 Amish families arrived in America, settling mostly in Pennsylvania. Many others followed in the 19th century. Over the years, various orders of Amish spread into Ohio.
They live in homes without electricity or telephones, ride in buggies and wear plain, home-made clothing. They choose this way of living because they do not want to conform to the rest of the world.
In the same sense, the Amish produce milk, meats, cheese all naturally with the best, high-quality results. The quality of our products is not something you can find in a grocery store. Products from grocery stores can be full of harmful things that are simply unwanted but needed in mass production and animals are often treated cruelly.
In Amish Country, people and animals are living a simple, free life, how they believe God intended.
With this, we are passionate about supporting their local business and products in the same way our friendly customers do.
You can always count on having not only high-quality products but an experience like no other at Shisler’s Cheese House. We genuinely care for each and every one of our customers and look forward to seeing and meeting you all while helping you with all your cheese and like gourmet needs! Having been a family run business for almost 60 years, you can guarantee to have a warm, family welcoming.
Add Amish butter cheese to any meal or snack and enjoy its creamy richness. This is a unique type of cheese with an exotic butter flavor that melts in your mouth. Made by the Amish, this butter cheese is used by people in many ways.
Amish butter cheese is derived from butterkase, its closest ancestor. Butterkase is a buttery and creamy cheese that originates from Austria and Germany. The cheese is pale yellow in color in spite of the red or golden natural rind. Butterkase is a popular cheese with 50 percent fat content. This cheese is semi-soft in texture.
Amish butter cheese does not come with the rind like butterkase. The pale yellow cheese with its buttery, rich, creamy flavor is obtained from cow’s milk. Good quality Amish butter cheese is made from milk collected from cows that are not on artificial hormones. No artificial ingredients, flavors or preservatives are added to the Amish butter cheese during the preparation process.
Most of the Amish countries including Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are authentic sources of genuine Amish butter cheese. From the Midwest region, this butter cheese is then distributed by vendors to other parts of the nation through retail stores and online.
Bite into a piece of delicious Amish butter cheese and you will find its creamy and smooth flavor mesmerizing. The cheese tastes just like havarti and is popularly used for melting in fondue recipes. Amish butter cheese is enjoyed by many as a snack. If you place an order for burgers or sandwiches in any of the Amish countries, you will find them dripping with the easy to slice, semi-soft Amish butter cheese.
If you are fond of only the best quality cheese, it is important to choose authentic Amish butter. Remember that while most of the products labeled Amish butter cheese are genuine, some of them may just refer to Amish as a method of cheese making. These do not come with the Amish guarantee even though the butter cheese is supposedly made without preservatives and uses the same hormone-free cows. This is because milk is obtained from cows owned by different people and there is no guarantee that all cows are hormone free.
Enjoy the goodness of Amish butter cheese melted, grilled or sliced. If you are a cheese lover, you will certainly enjoy its versatility and smooth flavor. This butter cheese is the perfect choice for snacks and sandwiches.
Wine Pairings with Cheese can be particularly challenging. One must select cheeses and wines that compliment each other perfectly without the flavors competing or overwhelming one another. So here is an alphabetical listing of 29 of the most popular cheeses in the United States and suggestions for wines that pair well with them. Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive. There are other wines that pair well with these cheeses. But these are the best matches in my humble opinion. This list should easily print to two pages so it can be used as a handy guide. Hopefully it will help you impress you friends at your next gathering. Click on any cheese to find more information and other pairing options.
Amish Butter Cheese – Chardonnay
Asiago Cheese – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah (Shiraz)
Baby Swiss– Asti Spumanti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling/Champagne, Vidal Blanc
Bacon Cheese– Baco Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
Brick Cheese– Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel
Canadian Cheddar (Sharp) – Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo, Zinfandel
New York Cheddar (Medium)– Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir
Colby Cheese– Chardonnay, Dry Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Riesling, Rose/Blush, Sauvignon Blanc
Danish Blue Cheese– Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Desert Wines-(Icewine, Late Harvest Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Viogniers), Maderia, Port-Tawney, Sherry
Farmer’s Cheese– Chardonnay, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Rose/Blush
Goat Cheese – Beaujolais, Chablis, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempanillo
Gouda– Beaujolais, Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Gruyere– Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah (Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc
Havarti Cheese – Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Havarti with Caraway – Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Havarti with Dill– Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Rioja, Tannat, Tempranillo
Horseradish Cheese– Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir
Marble Cheese– Baco Noir, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Rose/Blush
Mozzarella– Beaujolais, Chianti
Muenster– Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel
Parmesan– Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux),Grenache,Sherry, Syrah (Shiraz), Zinfandel
Provolone – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Chianti, Syrah (Shiraz)
Pepper Jack Cheese– Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
Raclette – Fendant, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Savoie
Romano (Pecorino) – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel
Sharp Swiss– Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Gerwurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc
Swiss Cheese – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Smoked Cheddar– Cabernet Franc,Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo, Zinfandel
Smoked Gouda – Chateauneuf-du-papa, Chianti, Garnacha, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo
Most of the suggested wines should be available at your local wine and spirit store. Please feel free to give feedback on this list or additional wine pairing suggestions.
Here is a video demonstrating the difference in the Amish Cheesemaking process. Video footage courtesy of one of our principal local cheese suppliers, Guggisberg Cheese. Here are links to the cheeses described in this video:
And you can find over 60 other cheeses, including several others produced by Guggisberg Cheese at: https://cheesehouse.com/cheese.aspx