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Also Known As:  Havarti (from Denmark), Tollenser

Tilsiter cheese was first developed in the city of Tilsit, in former East Prussia (today this city is called Sowetsk, Russia), by immigrants from the Netherlands.

Tilsiter cheese is developed in several European countries under various names (for example "Havarti" in Denmark, "Tilsitski" in Russia). German Tilsiter is shaped into a loaf or log. It ranges in taste from lightly sour to tangy. Some German cheese producers also add caraway seeds or coarsely ground pepper to the cheese dough.

Cheese Category:  Semi-Hard, Sliced Cheeses

Country of Origin:  Germany 

Cheese Characteristics

Main Ingredient(s): Cow's Milk

Age (Ripening Period): 1-3 months

Flavor: Ranges from mild to bold, from lightly sour to tangy

Consistency: Soft, but firm enough to slice; White to pale yellow in color; uneven, small wholes

Sliceable? Yes

Spreadable? No

Use for melting? Yes

Dessert cheese? Yes

Cooking and Preparation Tips
Tilsiter cheese is very versatile and works well in both cold and warm dishes. It can be sliced (cold cuts) for sandwiches, salads, and cheese platters. It also melts beautifully so it can be used in casseroles and sauces. 


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