Made from pasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: United States
Type: soft, processed
Colour: pale yellow
Aroma: pungent, strong
Alternative spellings: American Muenster
Muenster is an American imitation of the French Munster cheese, named after an Alsatian abbey of Munster in the Vosgian Mountains of France. It is made from pasteurised cow's milk. Muenster is smooth, pale yellow cheese with an orange rind resulting from the vegetable colouring added during cheese making. The taste varies from mild & bland like a classic white American cheese to sharp like a Jack cheese. Moist and soft in texture, the cheese can develop a strong, pungent aroma if properly aged. Though, its mild flavour goes well with dishes where you do not want the cheese to overpower other ingredients. Compared to the European version, the taste and aroma of American Muenster is milder. Also, it is sold younger than its counterpart.
Because of its excellent melting properties, it is used in grilled dishes such as sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, pizza and cheeseburgers. In addition, the cheese is served as an appetiser for snacking. This nibbling cheese is usually served with beer.