Choose Your Lactose Free
“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.” Gina Barreca
Huzzah! Cheese-loving, lactose-challenged foodies can finally rejoice! It’s time to embrace gourmet cheese again with a selection of quality lactose-free varieties at Say Cheese Fromagerie. If you are unsure as to just which cheese choices are best to enjoy, just ask our experts. We’ll find you the right cheese for your recipes and special occasions.
Appenzeller Gold – A hard cheese made from raw, grass-fed cow’s milk, this is a signature cheese with a lovely but strong nutty flavour. It’s slightly fruity and can range from classic to extra age. Aged six months or longer than the silver version, this a beautiful ivory yellow cheese, more piquant and nutty, with a reddish brown rind.
Cave Aged Gruyére – Rich, sweet, nutty and with a long finish, this wonderful lactose-free, raw-milk cheese is made with milk from grass-fed cows.
Emmentaler – This lovely pale yellow raw milk cheese from Switzerland is also lactose-free. Made from milk from grass-fed cows, it has a mild, natural and nutty taste, and becomes more piquant as the cheese ages. This cheese melts so well, and is often blended with Gruyere for fondue.
Esrom – Also known as Danish Port Salut is a buttery yellow, semi-soft cow’s milk (and lactose-free!) with a full pungent aroma and sweet taste. Tiny holes give it a light airy fee, perfect for a cheese plate melting on your favourite sandwich, casserole or appetizer. Pair with a dark ale or hearty red.
Fontina (Smoked) – This lactose-free cheese made of cow’s milk is earthy, mushroomy, with a slightly smoked wood taste. It goes well with roasted meats, pastas, nachos, on pizza, sandwiches and appetizers. Produced in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Gouda (Smoked, Caraway, Jalapeno, Plain) – Canadian-made, lactose-free cow’s milk. These Goudas are versatile with a pleasant flavour. They we nicely paired with a fruity Riesling, Chenin Blanc or a Shiraz or Merlot or a beer/ale.
Gruyere – This grass-fed and raw cow’s milk cheese is hard, yellow, and mellow. It starts sweet and fruity, then reveals a nutty finish. It is an Alpine cheese that goes well with a full-bodied white wine, soft to medium reds, or standing on its own. Most popular in fondues or killer on a grilled burger and a grilled sandwich.
Lappi – Made in Finland, this lactose-free version, like the regular, is a very mild, pasteurized cow’s milk cheese. Great on a sandwich, melts lovingly, with a neutral semi-sweet flavour. Say Cheese’s version is also low fat!
Le Marechal This lactose-free choice is firm, robust and flavourful, made with raw, grass-fed cow’s milk. It’s perfect for picnics and goes great with a glass of dry white. Marechal is a terrific Alpine cheese that finishes with nutty and herby notes.
Tête de Moine Remember French class? Then you’ll know the name of this cheese literally means “monk’s head”. A semi-hard, raw-milk, grass-fed and lactose-free cow’s milk cheese has a smooth texture and taste, and can be smeared across a baguette, with fruit and meats or simply enjoyed on its own. Served with your shaving knife called a “Girolle” or “Pirouette” (no cutting here!), the texture melts a bit in your mouth. An interesting note: monks used this cheese as a method of payment starting in the 12th century.
Vacherin Fribougois AOP A raw cow’s milk cheese created in the Alps and on the Freiburg high plateau in Switzerland, this strong-flavoured cheese offers a complex blend of floral and creamy tones. A must have on your next cheeseboard or in your next fondue.
The above cheese list is part of the core lineup of selections offered at Say Cheese Fromagerie. Visit us regularly for new and exciting additions. We’re always adding new and surprising lactose-free cheese selections, so check back with Say Cheese to see what’s in store.