The Cheese Whisperer: Cheese on Fire
According to a variety of sources, including ABC News, on January 23rd a large truckload of 27 tons of brown brunost cheese caught fire in a tunnel near the Norwegian town of Narvik. It took local authorities four days to put it out. Fortunately no one was injured, but the tunnel, located north of Oslo, is likely to be closed for at least 2 weeks. Such is the power of cheese.
Brunost is a traditional Scandanavian style of cheese made from cooking cream and milk together to develop toasty and sweet nutty flavors. It has a high sugar and fat content, traits that contribute to its deliciousness and flammability.
The Co-op carries Ekte Geitost, a version of this soft, sweet cheese made by the Tine brand, the makers of Jarlsberg. Available in a buttery block, this cheese has an incredible flavor similar to a sweet, syrupy caramel. Made from a blend of cow and goat’s milk, enjoy this cheese sliced thin on toast with jam. Some enjoy slicing thin ribbons of geitost and enjoying them slowly as a snack. Or try serving it with waffles and pancakes. It also tastes great with fresh apples and pears. Just be careful to keep it away from open flames…