Frequently Asked Questions

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Health Benefits

Are your cheeses gluten and lactose free?

Cheese is a naturally gluten free product. Many aged cheeses, including Jarlsberg®, Old Amsterdam, Parmissimo and others, are naturally lactose free. During the cheese making process, enzymes naturally convert the lactose to lactic acid over time. Typically, people with lactose sensitivity can still eat aged cheese, like Parmesan, Swiss, and aged Cheddar.

Are your cheeses made with animal rennet?

Some cheeses are made with traditional recipes which use animal rennet. However, many of our cheeses are made with a vegetarian alternative; if you see “microbial rennet” or “enzymes” or “bacterial culture” listed on the product ingredients, it is suitable for vegetarians. 

Are your cheeses kosher?

It depends on the brand; if the package featured the Triangle K kosher symbol, it is certified.

Is cheese keto-friendly?

Yes, cheese is a “naturally keto” food - most cheeses contain no or very few carbs, and are a good source of protein! 

I noticed a white deposit on the cheese, can I still eat it?

You’re seeing ripening crystals, a natural result of the cheese aging process that enhances its flavor and texture. They tend to appear on more mature cheese such as Old Amsterdam, and are totally edible.

Cutting & Storage

Can I freeze cheese?

We do not recommend freezing any of our cheeses. 

What does the date on the package represent?

The date on the package is the date the product must be purchased to ensure optimal freshness. 

How can I slice, cut, or shred cheese more easily?

Slicing, cutting, and shredding is easier with a warm cutting tool; hold the slicer, knife or grater in hot running water before use and it will cut through the cheese effortlessly. 

What’s the best way to store cheese?

Keep cheeses in unopened packaging in the refrigerator to prevent drying. After opening, tightly wrap in plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper and store in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. 

What’s the best temperature to serve cheese?

Spreadable cheeses like Snofrisk should be served cold. We recommend letting hard cheeses “breathe” at room temperature for up to an hour before serving.

Where To Buy

Where can I buy your cheeses?

You can find many of our brands at grocery stores nationwide. If you are looking for a particular product, please send us a message via our Contact Form and include the product name and zip code; we’ll do our best to give you several retailer options! 

Do you offer online ordering?

Yes! Folios Cheese Wraps and selected items are available to ship directly from the Norseland Shop. 

I want my favorite retailer to carry one of your cheeses - what can I do?

Thank you for your interest and support of our products! We would love the opportunity to stock your local store. We’d appreciate it if you let us know which stores you want to see our products in by sending us a message via our Contact Form, that way a member of our national sales team can follow up with the retailer directly.