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Norwegian cheese in the Boston area

Drew Starr asks:

Where to get the Norwegian cheese nokkelost in the Boston area? Difficulty level: not carried by Formaggio.

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Via Dann DeMaina:

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WHAT. YOU CAN BUY NOKKELOST IN THE U.S.?

We used to eat it all the time--my grandfather was a first-generation Norwegian immigrant, and he found a specialty food store in western MA that stocked it. They stopped carrying it after the USDA banned sulfites in food in 1986, and I haven't seen it anywhere in the country since then. Following this thread with great interest.

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Are sulfites used in cheese? It looks like the 1986 ban only pertained to fruits and vegetables... http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/09/us/us-issues-ban-on-sulfites-use-in-ce...

I think nokkelost imports were stopped due to rules regarding cheese pasteurization. Perhaps the Norwegian curdmasters made a switch to raw milk and were thus banned from the US.

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Not kidding. They have a Scandinavian food area and I've found some interesting and unexpected stuff there.

You might also make a check of cheesemakers in Oregon and Washington, where there are substantial Scandinavian communities and plenty of cheese.

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I don't think either Oregon or Washington are anywhere near Boston.

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...they may do mailorder, or be able to tell you where their products are carried in the Boston area.

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Last I checked, it is also way easier to ship cheese within the country than it is to ship internationally.

This internet thing - pretty miraculous, yes! Amazing invention.

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Mmmm. Brown cheese. Candy.

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Sure, you can buy gjetost many places, under the Ski Queen label (red wrapper). It's somewhat laughably expensive, but worth it. I don't know where you can get mysost anywhere, but every now and then I wreck the kitchen and make some with the leftover whey from a batch of mozzarella. Yummmmm.

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..if they don't still.

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I once had a cheese, or should I say, it once had me. It showed me the bathroom, it wasn't that good, norwegian cheese.

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But these guys would be worth contacting, anyway: http://www.concordcheeseshop.com/index-5.html

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Try Karl's Sausage Kitchen and European Market. 1Bourbon Street Peabody. 978-854-6650
They have many Scandinavian delicacies, the only place I shop for Swedish food.

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