Gjetost Gudbrandsdalen Norwegian Caramelised Goats Cheese 250g. Commonly known as Norwegian Brown Cheese. Brunost (“brown cheese”) is a common, Norwegian name for mysost (“whey cheese”), a family of cheese-related foods made with whey, milk, and/or cream. The term is often used to just refer to the Gjetost Gudbrandsdalen (“Gudbrandsdal Cheese”) type, which is the most popular variety. Brunost is primarily produced and consumed in Norway. It is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic foodstuffs and is considered an important part of Norwegian gastronomical and cultural identity and heritage.
Production of Gjetost Gudbrandsdalen
This is made by boiling the leftover whey of goat’s milk until the lactose caramelises. This gives it it’s light brown appearance. The cheese is then poured into rectangular moulds and left to cool. The outer surface is similar to that of a decorated cake. The taste resembles a slightly sour but sweet caramel with a smooth texture similar to fudge. It can be shaven into thin slices and eaten with coffee for breakfast.
Norway’s mountainous landscape, in which only about 3% of the land can be cultivated, made goat’s cheese the more common in the past, but now the milk is sometimes mixed with cow’s to give a more varied taste. The result is a semi-hard cheese with a fat content lower than most (about 30%).
Serving Norwegian Brown Cheese
Brunost Norwegian Brown Cheese tends to be something that is reserved for breakfast or lunch. It is generally sliced directly from the block into thin pieces and then placed on top of various items such as bread or waffles. However, that is not the only way in which native Norwegians tend to eat their brunost. Another popular method of consuming brunost includes making it into a fondue. By replacing the standard cheese fondue with a much more interesting brunost fondue, you can provide excitement to an otherwise fairly plain dish. When consumed in fondue form, brunost is often paired with akvavit to really help complete the meal.
At Christmas, Norwegian Brown Cheese is a favourite with spiced fruit cake. It is also considered ideal as a sweet fondue or a sauce for game dishes. Sailors traditionally took this cheese with them on long voyages.