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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Finland

  • Family: Havarti

  • Type: semi-soft

  • Texture: creamy, smooth and spreadable

  • Rind: rindless

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: buttery, mild

  • Aroma: fresh, pleasant

  • Producers: Valio Ltd

  • Synonyms: Baby Muenster

Oltermanni is a Finnish cheese that is often compared to Danish cheese Havarti in terms of taste and flavour while some compare it with Muenster. In fact it is nicknamed Baby Muenster by many. Manufactured by Valio, the cheese is a standard favorite in Finland and Scandinavian countries where it is often eaten with rye bread, sandwiches or similar other meals like rice pies.

Traditional Oltermanni is a creamy, buttery and mild flavoured cheese that is moderately smooth though not as soft and spreadable as goat cheeses. It can be cut into wedges or slices and served with fresh fruits like pears, grapes or plums or wines such as Merlot or Pinot Grigio. However, a contemporary and spreadable form of Oltermanni has made it Valio’s list of cheeses to be used for sandwiches, sauces and soups.

Though original Oltermanni is available in a tightly wrapped cylinder form, newer introductions come in tubs with peelable tops to make it easy to open the cheese and store for later use. Oltermanni is a rich cheese with a high fat content but Valio has introduced low fat versions with 9% and 17% fat content.

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