What is Cup Cheese?

What is Cup Cheese?

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If you're a fan of cheese, you might have heard of cup cheese. But what exactly is cup cheese? In this blog post, we'll explore the origins, types, and uses of this unique cheese.

What is Cup Cheese?

Cup cheese is a type of soft, spreadable cheese. It is made by mixing grated cheese with a liquid, such as milk or whey, melting everything down, then allowing the cheese to congeal in a covered container for several days. In PA Dutch, cup cheese is known as "shmear käs," for its softness. 

There are several different types of cup cheese, each with its own unique flavor and texture. One of the most popular types is known as "sharp" cup cheese, which has a more piquant flavor. Another type, called "sweet" or "mild" cup cheese, is made with a sweeter liquid, such as cream or condensed milk, and has a milder flavor.

A Long History

In addition to its unique taste and texture, cup cheese has a long history in Pennsylvania Dutch country. It was originally made by rural farmers as a way to use up excess milk and cheese, and it quickly became a staple of the local cuisine. Today, it is still enjoyed by many people in the Pennsylvania Dutch region, and can be found in specialty shops and markets throughout the area. We sell Shenk's brand cup cheese, known for its quality and taste.


So, what can you do with cup cheese? There are many ways to enjoy this versatile cheese. Grandpa Stoltzfus used to dip Hammond's Pretzels in it. Some people like to spread it on crackers or bread, while others use it as a dip for vegetables or chips. It can also be used as a topping for baked potatoes or mixed into scrambled eggs for a unique and flavorful breakfast dish.

In conclusion, cup cheese is a unique and flavorful cheese with a long history in PA Dutch Country. Whether you enjoy it on its own or use it as a versatile ingredient in your cooking, cup cheese is definitely worth trying if you have the opportunity.

1 comment

I live in Dover,DE and I have been looking everywhere for cup cheese. I grew up on this in Lancaster, PA. Do you know where I could buy some (online)?

Sharon Gable,

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