Muenster Cheese


Muenster is an American cheese, related to the French Munster cheese. Its taste is comparable to that of both typical white American cheese and a sharp Jack cheese. Muenster cheese is a smooth textured cheese with an orange rind and a white interior.


Translations: Minsteres siers, Miunsterio sūris, Muenster Brânză, Sir Muenster, Muenster Kaas, म्युएन्स्टर पनीर, Queijo Muenster, Сыр Мюнстер, Muenster Τυρί, جبن مونستر, 뮌스터 치즈, Muenster Sýry, 明斯特干酪, Formatge Muenster, Muenster Sir, Muenster Syry, Muenster Formaggio, מינסטר גבינה, Muenster Ost, Муенстер сир, ミュンスターチーズ, Muenster fromage, Münster Käse, Queso Muenster, Сир Мюнстер, Münster Juusto, Мюнстер сирене

Physical Description

Muenster cheese is semi-firm in texture. It is often soft and the yellow color inside is covered by a red or orange rind.

Colors: Yellow

Tasting Notes

Flavors: Mild, salty
Mouthfeel: Smooth, Mild
Food complements: Pasta, Chicken
Wine complements: Gewurztraminer, Gruner veltliner
Substitutes: French munster, Sharp jack

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Buy as fresh as possible, with rind still attached. Make sure smells fresh and pungent with no visible mold.
Buying: Widely available at most grocery stores. Check out cheese shops and gourmet stores for better quality.
Procuring: The cheese is aged outside for 1 week to develop the rind, and is then brought indoors and put with other aged Muenster cheese. Every other day the cheese is washed or brushed with a salt solution and color. It is aged for 2 months or longer to develop its signature flavor.

Preparation and Use

Slice and eat as a snack with wine, or use with pasta or layered over baked chicken breast.

Cleaning: Remove rind.

Conserving and Storing

Store wrapped in the refrigerator.


Muenster is a cheese that is most commonly produced in France, but also made in Germany and the US.

History: Traditionally, Muenster cheese was made by Benedictine monks in the Alsace region of France. The name "muenster" comes from the word monastery.



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