Swiss Tilsit or Tilsiter is a light yellow semi-soft cheese, created in the mid-19th century by Prussian-Swiss settlers, the Westphal family, from the Emmental valley. The same ingredients to make the cheese were not available as in their home country and different moulds, yeasts, and bacteria had to be used. The result was a cheese which was more intense and full flavoured. The settlers named it after Tilsit, the Prussian town they had settled in.
The cheese has a medium-firm texture with irregular holes or cracks. Commercially produced Tilsit is made from pasteurised cows’ milk and has a dark yellow rind. Often flavoured with caraway seeds and peppercorns, Tilsiter is a good accompaniment to hearty brown/rye breads and dark beers.
The cheese has been manufactured in Switzerland since 1893 and is mainly produced in 3 varieties: A mild version (green label) is made from pasteurised milk, a more strongly flavoured one from fresh, unpasteurised milk (red label), and the yellow-labelled "Rahm-Tilsiter" is produced from pasteurised milk with added cream.
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For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
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