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Sitting in the Cellar: Chällerhocker at C~Square

Venture over to the Co-op’s recently opened community marketplace adjacent to our historic Co-op Building. C-SQUARE features artisan, hearth-baked breads and pastries, as well as house-cured meats, confections, frozen treats, and more.

challerhockerbigOne of the exclusive cheeses offered at C-SQUARE is Chällerhocker. Washed in wine and spices and aged for a minimum of 10 months, this cheese is produced by Walter Rass at Kaserei Tufertschwill, in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Rass makes cheese once a day, using milk sourced from within a mile of his cheese facility.

Rooted in tradition, Chällerhocker is made directly on the farm, using raw cow’s milk and house-derived rennet. Firm yet creamy, it is intensely flavorful cheese, with an aroma of brown butter and cashews. Lingering flavors of malt and caramel make this cheese a delight to pair with cured meats, spiced nuts and fresh autumn fruit. An excellent melting cheese, use it to liven up grilled cheese, fondue, or pasta dishes.

The name Chällerhocker loosely translates to “sitting in the cellar”, an acknowledgment of the common, yet cruel, practice of locking small, orphaned children as caretakers in European cheese cellars in centuries past. Find Chällerhocker exclusively our C-Square Market CURED and Cheese counter, on sale now for $29.99 per pound.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.