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Pultost is a soft, mature Norwegian sour milk cheese flavored with caraway seeds. Pultost is found in two forms, spreadable and porous. The spreadable kind has a stronger taste. The name comes from the Latin word pulta which means "porridge." Pultost is either used on bread or with boiled potatoes, butter, sour cream and flatbread. [1]

Like Gamalost, pultost has a long history in Norway. It was originally made from by-products from the production of other Norwegian food called prim. The ingredients are fermented milk, salt and caraway. The cheese is very low in fat.[2][3]

Norwegian dairy Tine produces pultost from the dairy in Nybergsund in Trysil. Tine make three qualities: a spreadable, soft type, called Løiten, a looser type with a dry and grainy texture, called Hedemark and a porous type called Lillehammer. Synnøve Finden is another manufacturer of pultost in Norway. The cheese mass is produced by Tine and further processing is performed by Synnøve Finden. Synnøve Finden is promoting two types pultost: Seterost and Hedmark.

In modern usage, "pultost" is among young Norwegian used as a derogatory offensive term with a certain attached irony. This derives from the fact that "pult" standing alone means "fucked", and "ost" means "cheese".

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  1. ^ Lukas Spee & Martijn Lafeber. "Pultost". cheesewiki.com. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Jan Peter Aursnes. "Pultost". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pultost". Melk.no. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

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