Colby cheese, originally called Colby Swiss Cheddar is a semi-hard American cheese prepared from cow’s milk. It is many-a-times compared to cheddar cheese since both are dyed to appear orange, even though they taste radically different. Due to U.S. dairy regulations, Colby cheese is made from pasteurised cow’s milk and is available at many grocery stores.
The cheese was developed in the 1874 by Joseph Steinwand at his cheese factory near Colby, Wisconsin. While the cheese looks similar Cheddar due to the colour, Colby cheese is softer, has a more open texture and higher moisture content. The flavour is much milder and creamy if compared to Cheddar. It does not undergo the “cheddaring” process but is instead manufactured with a washed curd process that reduces the acid content making the cheese less tangy.
An aged Colby becomes cracked and dry and therefore the cheese is to be eaten as young as possible. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz wines pair well with the American cheese. The gentle flavour and texture of Colby gives a new definition to grilled sandwiches, hamburgers, fajitas, chili, rye bread or apples and pears. To accentuate the flavour it is sometimes blended with other cheeses such as Monterey Jack, to make Colby Jack cheese.
- Made from pasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: United States
- Region: Colby, Wisconsin
- Family: Cheddar
- Type: semi-hard
- Texture: firm, open and springy
- Rind: rindless
- Colour: yellow
- Flavour: sweet
- Aroma: mild, sweet
- Vegetarian: no
- Producers: Pinconning Cheese Co.
- Alternative spellings: Colby Swiss Cheddar
Other American cheeses:
Amish Frolic, Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar, Cabot Clothbound, Crowley, Dry Jack, Dunbarton Blue, Duroblando, Estero Gold Reserve, Grafton Village Cheddar, Havilah, ... show all ... , Idaho Goatster, Lamb Chopper, Midnight Moon, Morgan, Plymouth Cheese, Sartori Limited Edition Cognac Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Balsamic Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold, Sartori Reserve Chai Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar , Wagon Wheel, Wasatch Mountain Gruyère, Woodside Alpine
Alpha Tolman, Bayley Hazen Blue, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Bismark , Blue Ledge La Luna, Brick, Broncha, Consider Bardwell Farm Manchester, Kennebec Highlands Caerphilly, ... show all ... , LaClare Farms Evalon, LaClare Farms Evalon with Cummin, LaClare Farms Evalon with Fenugreek, LaClare Ziege Zacke Blue, Landaff, Longhorn, Maggie's Round, Maytag Blue, Menage, Mona, MontAmore, Monterey Jack, Mont Saint-Francis, Moonglo, Mt. Mazama Cheddar, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend, Sartori Reserve Black Pepper Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Merlot Bellavitano, Sonoma Jack, String, Txiki, Weston Wheel, Wimer Winter
Ameribella, American Cheese, Appalachian, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Bermuda Triangle, Chile Caciotta, Colby-Jack, Cougar Gold, ... show all ... , Crema de Blue, Crocodile Tear, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Fuzzy Wheel, Goats' Milk Caciotta, Humboldt Fog, LaClare Farms Cheddar, LaClare Farms Martone, LaClare Farms Raw Goats Milk Cheddar, Lincoln Log, Lindy Hop, Loma Alta, Marisa, Midnight Blue, Miette, Mobay, Monastery Cheeses, Moses Sleeper, Mun-chee, Old Kentucky Tomme, Onion & Chives Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Schloss, Truffle Tremor, Wabash Cannonball, West West Blue, Willoughby
Acapella, Aged Chelsea, Bay Blue, Bloomsdale, Bonne Bouche, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Classics Fresh Mozzarella, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, ... show all ... , Crocodile Tear, Cup Cheese, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Julianna , Labneh, La Fleurie, Legato, Lil Moo, Little Bloom on the Prairie, Medallion, Melange Brie, Minuet , Monastery Cheeses, Moonlight Chaource, MouCo Camembert, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Piper's Pyramide, Provel, Sofia , Texas Goat Cheese, Winnimere, Za'atar Burrata
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Cheese Curds, Galbani, Laura Chenel's Cabecou
fresh soft cheeses:
Burrata, Cello Thick & Smooth Mascarpone, Chevre Log, Cream Cheese, Fromage Frais, Galbani, Herbs de Humboldt, LaClare Farms Chevre, LaClare Farms Fondry Jack, Ms. Natural, PsycheDillic, Purple Haze, Quark, Sgt. Pepper, Wasabi Disc, Westfield Farm Smoked Capri