Also Known As: Handkees
Mainzer Handkäse was first created in 1820 by a farmer's wife in the city of Gross-Gerau. It was sold on weekends in open-air markets in Mainz.
Mainzer Handkäse is a sour curd cheese. Sour curds are mixed with salts, and after a few hours they are formed into rolls. The rolls are allowed to ripen for 24-26 hours.
The cheese has a smooth, yellow or redish crust. It has a firm yet flexible consistency, and it has a distinct aroma.
Similar cheeses: Harzer Käse (Roller) and Handkäse
Cheese Category: Sour Curd Cheeses
Country of Origin: Germany
Specialty of: Mainz
Main Ingredient(s): Cow's Milk
Age (Ripening Period): 24 - 26 Hours
Flavor: Mildly spicy, also available with caraway seeds
Consistency: Soft, light-yellow; Flexible
Use for melting? No
Use in dips? No
Dessert cheese? Yes