#30 – Juustoleipa
Juustoleipa cheese facts:
- Juustoleipä, also known as Leipäjuusto, originally comes from Southern Ostrobothnia, Northern Finland and Kainuu.
- It is known in English as ‘Finnish squeaky cheese’. Other dialects have various names such as narskujuusto that depict the way that fresh leipäjuusto “squeaks” against the teeth when bitten. Among all its synonyms, leipäjuusto is the more commonly known name.
- Leipäjuusto is a fresh cheese made from cow’s beestings, rich milk from a cow that has recently calved. It can be made also from reindeer or even goat milk.
- Juustoleipa translates literally as “bread cheese.”
- It is unusual that it is baked during the cheese making process.
- Juustoleipa is an important cheese in its homeland; crucial to holiday celebrations and even marriage traditions. Mothers of eligible women used to offer suitors a cup of coffee with the cheese and, if the man liked the cheese, he married the girl!
- It was originally made from reindeer milk.