Savory Surprise from Stein am Rhein

Good things come in small packages. What could it be?

Cheese, of course! I can't remember the last time I shared with readers a new-to-me cheese for my Queso Suizo project -- for shame! At long last here is a creamy cow's milk cheese called "Chäs Stei."

Here's the shop where I made my purchase:
Chäs Graf
Oberstadt 1
8260 Stein am Rhein

I love the labels they use there...

and the packaging!

Taste Test: Well, I brought this home to share with Isaiah, but he wasn't having it. "It's got that weird rind," he said. Fine then that means more for me.

This cheese has a very creamy texture (and not just because it partly melted on the train ride back home -- it was still just as creamy the next day after spending 24 hours in the fridge) and a flavor very similar to Brie, but slightly more pungent. I have to say, this hasn't been my favorite cheese. Not because it isn't delicious, but because I'm hung up on the flavor of hard alpine cheeses. Also, I prefer something that I can really sink my teeth into and isn't so messy. Nonetheless, I am glad I tried it, especially since I seem to stick to trying variations of the same kind of cheese. Bor-ing. I shall try to continue to extend my cheese horizons...


  1. Looks good to me, but I, Like you prefer the hard cheeses to the creamy ones! Good for you for trying new things...I go through phases where I do, but then I don't again for a while...

  2. We only have 2 months left here, so I feel like I have to make up for "lost time" and try a bunch of new things before we leave! geez...

  3. I feel so bad, I don't like strong chees and I can even eat a lot of the soft ones, by body sais NO! after something stronger than manchego... wrong country for my stomach...

  4. What a pity! Definitely in the wrong country... but Manchego - YUM! It's one of my favorites. (I don't write about it here, though, because it's not Swiss!)

  5. I'm with you on the strong, soft cheeses. Not really my thing either. Too much cheddar in my childhood...

  6. Hi Chantal! Too much cheddar? You can NEVER have too much cheddar!


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