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The Cheese Whisperer: Cheese on Fire

geitostWhen cheese makes headlines, sometimes it’s in unexpected ways. Last week I heard a news story about traffic jams and road closures caused by a large fire. Of cheese.

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.

geitost2Brunost 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…

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.