This washed-rind semi-soft cheese is made with pasteurized milk. Under its dark straw-coloured rind, which is ripened for over 9 weeks, you’ll find a soft and smooth cream-coloured interior. It has a strong lactic aroma and a marked flavour of hazelnut and mushroom with notes of milk and butter.
Originally from Switzerland, Fritz Kaiser brought with him the secret of raclette cheese. The Fritz Kaiser cheese maker produces several varieties of it: the “classic” raclette Fritz, raclette with peppercorns and raclette Griffon, whose rind is washed with the beer of the same name.
This cheese is available from the cheese maker, in specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, as well as in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
Raclette Fritz: 2015 and 2012 World Cheese Awards Silver medal winner, in the Rind Washed Cheese class (cheese not in other classes). First prize winner at the 2015 British Empire Cheese Show, Smear Ripened class. 2015 and 2004 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner in the Washed- or Mixed-rind Semi-soft Cheese class.
Pepper Raclette Fritz: 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner in the Flavoured Cheese with Added Particulate Solids and Flavourings class.