Disclosure: This is a review post for Rumiano Cheese. I received payment to provide an honest, unbiased review.
Today, we're doing something slightly different on OMGfood. I don't have a recipe to share, but I do have a review for you- and it's all about CHEESE.
I recently picked up a part-time job at a nearby market to help alleviate the stress of "OH NO, WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?" and the job involves working with lots of tasty cheeses: cutting, packaging, sampling (that might be the best part), and other fun stuff too. Before starting this job, I only knew a couple of things about cheese:
- I pretty much like most, if not all, of it and will happily eat any cheese you throw at my face (but please don't literally throw cheese at my face).
- Cheese is awesome.
Okay, okay. I obviously know the difference between some cheeses, but I'm pretty excited to learn a lot more. And I find it especially fitting that I get to review a cheese for you today.
October is Non-GMO month and I'm helping to spread the word. Today, I'm telling you about Rumiano Cheese!
Rumiano Cheese Company is a family-owned business based out of Northern California and it dates back four generations, making it the oldest family-run cheese company in California. They're committed to the organic and Non-GMO movement. In 2011, Rumiano launched their Rumiano Family Organic line, which is the first cheese in the United States to receive Non-GMO Project Verification.
Their cheese is made with grass fed milk from local farms. Studies have shown that milk from grass fed, pasture raised cows contains a higher nutritional value than conventional milk from cows fed a grain based diet. Grass fed milk has higher omega-3 fatty acids, better omega-3 to 6 ratios, higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid, and an increased amount of nutrients like Vitamin E and beta-carotene. Yes, please!
If you go to the About Us page on Rumiano's site, the first thing you will read is how they care about producing high quality products. Based on all of the information they provide on their site alone, it definitely shows.
My Experience With Rumiano Cheese
I've only tried the Sharp Cheddar flavor so far, but Rumiano has lots of other flavors and I'm curious to try more (they have a chipotle cheddar that has my name all over it).
While the cheddar is sharp, it's on the milder/more mellow side giving it a pretty nice balance for anyone who might not love anything too sharp. Fun fact: the flavor of cheddar can vary depending on how long it has aged. Typically, the longer it ages, the sharper it becomes. Most cheddars are aged 1-2 years (like Rumiano's).
When it comes to snacking on cheddar, I tend to favor one with more of a bite; something that has been aged for a long time and has a nutty, rich flavor with a bit of tang. Rumiano's cheddar doesn't quite hit that spot for me as far as a "cheese and crackers" snack goes, but anyone who prefers a milder cheddar will be very happy with this. Jason isn't a fan of anything super sharp, so he's all about this cheese right now (he's sitting next to me on the couch and is snacking on some as I type this.)
While snacking on this cheddar with some fruit and crackers wasn't my personal favorite, I'm really eager to experiment more with it. The texture is softer and smoother than other cheddars I've had and it melts really well. So far, I've had it on burgers and eggs and it was really tasty on both, which especially makes up for my whole "not loving it as a snack" cheese. I'd love to see how it does in a casserole dish or homemade mac and cheese and plan to try one of those out soon because I am sure it would be awesome.
I had never heard about Rumiano Cheese before deciding to do this review and I'm really glad to know about it now! All in all, it's a great cheese I'm excited to check out their other flavors. They've won numerous awards for many varieties of their cheeses, so they seem to be doing something right.
If you want to know where to find Rumiano Cheese near you, check out their store locator!