Canadian cheese

All about Cheese

Making tasty meals is easy when they’re cheesy. See how Canadian cheese brings all kinds of recipes to life.

From pizza to pasta to poutine, cheese is everywhere, and the world can’t get enough of it. Canadian milk makes for delicious local cheeses from coast to coast.

Whether you’re cooking with it, baking with it, melting it, slicing it, arranging it on a charcuterie board, or pairing it with wine, Canadian cheese goes with anything, and makes every meal better. After all, there’s a reason we say, “cheese” when we want to smile.    

All kinds of Cheese

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    Fresh cheese

    Whether you’re referring to its fresh flavour or the way it’s made, this light-tasting and delicate variety that includes the likes of Ricotta and Mascarpone is a total palate-pleaser.

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    Soft cheese

    With either an edible bloomy rind (think Canadian Brie) or a washed rind, a slice of soft cheese is perfect as is, on crackers or bread. These cheeses taste as luscious and creamy as they look.

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    Semi-soft cheese

    For both beginner and experienced cheese lovers alike, semi-soft cheeses like Mozzarella and Havarti offer a wide variety of flavours and textures that are easy to love and fun to discover.

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    Firm cheese

    Both supple and elastic in texture, firm cheeses like Gouda and Cheddar are extremely versatile in the kitchen. Often rindless, these cheeses can vary from mild to sharp in taste.

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    Hard cheese

    Hard cheeses like Parmesan and Aged Gouda have more sharp, complex flavours and a hard, dry texture developed through an ageing process that can take many months and even years.

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    Lots more

    From farmhouse to organic and flavoured to smoked varieties, there’s a Canadian cheese for every taste and fancy!

How to make the most of it

Cheese platter
Rind on

When serving washed rind or bloomy rind cheeses, cut a slice and keep the rind on. Edible rinds are a delicious part of the cheese tasting experience, adding in both flavour and texture.

Soft cheese
Full flavour

Serving a cheese at room temperature will bring out its full flavour profile. Take cheeses out of the fridge up to 45 minutes before serving. Some cheeses may become runny if taken out too early.

Bring on the bread

Baguette is a classic accompaniment for cheese, but crackers, nut bread, and sourdough are also great options. Try different combinations and have fun exploring all kinds of delicious Canadian cheeses.

Cheese cubes

It starts with Canadian milk

To make mouth-watering Canadian cheese – any of the several hundreds of varieties available – cow's milk must first be curdled. Either a fermenting agent or an enzyme can provoke this reaction. 

Drained cheese

Draining the whey

Using a variety of methods like kneading and stirring, the whey (liquid) is drained from the curds (solids) to achieve optimal moisture content in the cheese. 

Cheese portion

Bring on the pressure

Pressure is applied to the cheese curds to remove even more whey and achieve the desired texture. Harder cheeses generally undergo more pressing to remove more moisture.

Slice of hard cheese

Ready and ripe

Ripening techniques involving humidity, moisture, and oxygen control, help each cheese mature into its own unique texture and flavour profile. Some cheeses, like unripened or fresh, don’t require any ripening process.

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