5 Fascinating Questions about Havarti Cheese, Answered!

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This month of June at Sara's Boxes & Boards, we are thrilled to spotlight Havarti Cheese as our featured Cheese of the Month. Known for its creamy, smooth texture and mild, sweet, and subtly nutty flavor, Havarti is a versatile cheese that can elevate any dish or cheese board. 


But how much do we really know about Havarti? Let's answer five questions about this beloved cheese to appreciate it more!


1. What is the origin of Havarti cheese?

Havarti cheese hails from Denmark and was first crafted in the 1800s by Hanne Nielsen, a Danish farmer. She named the cheese after her farm, Havarthigaard. Over the years, it has become a staple in Danish cuisine and has gained international popularity due to its unique taste and texture.


2. How is Havarti cheese made?

Havarti cheese is made by pasteurizing cow's milk, adding cultures and rennet (which forms curds), lightly heating curds and whey, and draining them into molds. The cheese may be brined, or dry salt may be added to the curds and whey before the molds are filled. The cheese is then vacuum-sealed in plastic for aging, typically for three months, but up to 12 months for mature versions.


3. What are the best ways to enjoy Havarti cheese?

Havarti cheese can be enjoyed in numerous ways. It melts beautifully, making it perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches or melted over vegetables. It pairs well with fruits like apples and pears, walnuts, and crackers, making it an ideal addition to charcuterie boards. Its creamy texture also makes it an excellent choice for cheese sauces. If you have yet to try Havarti cheese, you are seriously missing out!


4. Why does havarti cheese have holes?

Cheesemakers add good bacteria into the cheese-making process. As the bacteria make a happy home in the cheese, they release carbon dioxide, forming tiny gas bubbles that get trapped in it, giving it its characteristic holes or eyes.


5. Is Havarti cheese suitable for lactose-intolerant individuals?

While Havarti cheese does contain lactose, it typically has a low to non-detectable level. Some lactose-intolerant individuals may be able to enjoy it in moderation without adverse effects. Still, it's always best to consult a healthcare provider if you have concerns about lactose intake.


Ready to indulge in the creamy and rich flavors of Havarti cheese and other gourmet goodies?

At Sara's Boxes & Boards, we celebrate the richness and diversity of fine cheeses, and Havarti is no exception. Our charcuterie boxes and boards are meticulously curated to include a delightful mix of cheeses, meats, fruits, and accompaniments that perfectly complement each other. Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself to a special snack, our charcuterie selections are sure to impress. Contact us today to place your order and experience the deliciousness of Havarti cheese and more delivered right to your door.

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