New Food – Juustoleipä

IMG_8216Halfway between my house and “up north,” is a little town called Westfield. I think most of the town’s excitement is out by the highway, because I think this is halfway for anyone going from here to there.  The small group of buildings includes several businesses including a sit-down restaurant, a McDonalds, a Subway, a Burger King and the necessary gas station.

I usually stop there and head for the Amish store, a place filled with homemade noodles, candy, spices, jams and jellies. My purchase is usually a jar of honey for the fam.

But this last time I noticed something different – a package of something called bread cheese.

Instead of being a smooth yellow or creamy white, this cheese looked burnt. Curious, I IMG_8217asked the non-Amish clerk. She explained that unlike regular cheese, this cheese didn’t melt. She also explained that she would fry it and put it on bread and it was a favorite.

So I bought some.

Doing research, I discovered that the official name is: juustoleipä and it’s made from the milk of cows who have recently calved. Sometimes goat or reindeer milk is used too.

IMG_8218After the cheese is curdled it is baked or fried or grilled to give it char marks.

The bread part of the name is because it looks like toast.

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So I brought it home and fried some (which you’re supposed to do). As promised, the cheese did not melt, but did become soft. I ate a couple pieces and then ate some more between crackers.

The cheese was mild with a smooth texture. I liked it a lot! I could understand why the non-Amish clerk at the Amish store liked it on bread.

I would give it an 8 out of 10.  I think if someone did have a complaint about it, it would be that it doesn’t have a strong flavor.

If you see some at the Amish store, I’d recommend you try it.

 

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