Swiss Cheese
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It’s the so-called “rat cheese” of cartoons, where the holes are made by rats or mice taking bites out of the cheese.  In America, Swiss Cheese is made from pasteurized milk, produced in huge factories and sold on a very large scale.  It is packaged and sold in blocks, slices and pre-shredded, and is available in regular and low-fat varieties.  It’s sold at bargain basement prices compared to its European counterpart.  Because of high production demands, American Swiss is only aged about 4 months.  It tends to have a much milder flavor than cheeses from Switzerland.

Season

Availability

Swiss Cheese is available year round.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Swiss Cheese is a generic term used to describe a style of cheese-making adapted from the original method used in Switzerland to make GruyèreEmmental Cheese and other European Swiss cheeses.

Baby Swiss and Lacy Swiss are two varieties of American Swiss Cheese with especially mild flavor.

Purchasing

Storage

Culinary Uses

In America, Swiss Cheese is most popular on Sandwiches.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 slices of Swiss Cheese per person.

Pairings

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
CHEESE,SWISS
Amount Per 100g
Calories 380
%Daily Value*
 
41%
Total Fat 27g
13%
Saturated Fat 17g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
30%
Cholesterol 92mg
3%
Sodium 70mg
1%
Potassium 77mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Varies

Low Calorie

Varies