|Country of origin||United States|
|Source of milk||Cows|
|Fat content||8.5 g / oz (30%)|
|Protein content||6.6 g / oz (23%)|
Muenster (English pronunciation: // or //) or munster is a semi-soft cheese from the United States, not to be confused with the French cheese Munster or the processed dairy food Sweet Muenster Cheese. It is also unrelated to the German city of Münster, or to the Irish province of Munster.
Its taste varies from bland, like a white American cheese, to sharp, like a Monterey Jack cheese. Muenster cheese is lower in fat per serving than many other popular store-bought cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella and Monterey Jack.
Muenster is pale in color and smooth in texture with an orange rind. The cheese is made from cow's milk. The rind's orange color is from annatto, a sweet and nutty seasoning used to add flavor and color to cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Red Leicester, and Mimolette. Muenster usually has a very mild flavor and smooth, soft texture. In some cases, when properly aged, it can develop a strong flavor with a pungent aroma. This cheese is commonly served as an appetizer. Because it melts well, it is also often used in dishes such as grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, quesadillas, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and pizza. Little Caesars Pizza, in their 2013 television commercial, stated that they use both muenster and mozzarella rather than cheese byproducts.
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