Oaxacan Style String Cheese

Cesar Luis learned the art of making cheese from his grandmother when he was a boy in Oaxaca, Mexico. After moving to Wisconsin, he trained as a licensed cheese maker, worked at a dairy and then a cheese factory. He began making his own cheese once a week at the Roelli plant in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, a three-hour drive from his home. In 2010, Cesar moved the operation to another creamery closer to his home, and now makes cheese three days a week.

Oaxaca cheese is a string cheese that is traditionally pulled by hand. Wearing three layers of gloves in order to handle the 100-degree cheese ropes, Cesar and his wife, Heydi, pull the 50-pound ropes through their fingers into thinner and thinner strings before cutting them into sticks. The resulting award-winning cheese has a clean milky flavor, and a pleasant chewy texture.

Farm / Company: Cesar's Cheese

Cheesemaker: Cesar Luis



City, State: Random Lake, WI

Region: Midwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: None

Texture: Firm

Aging: Fresh

Size(s): 8-ounce package