A Traditional Coffee Lunch Favorite!
(Some call Finnish Cheese “leipäjuusto”. We just called it juusto.)
As a young girl one of the many warm memories of life on our farm, Pioneer Lane Farm, is of my mom making Finnish cheese. This was no ordinary cheese, but a very special treat. My dad was a Guernsey farmer, and a great farmer was he! I’m quite certain that the combination of Mom’s recipe and Dad’s sweet milk from the Guernseys is what made for a perfect pan of Finnish cheese.
Since this Finnish cheese or juusto (pronounced you’-stow) was something that we had around at all times, whether fresh or frozen, I did not realize the novelty of it. Little did I know that many people had never even tasted it, and for most other people, juusto was a special treat they got only when going to company’s house. It was only after being away from home that I realized that this cheese was indeed something very special. Not only did it bring warm memories of Mom getting it ready and a busy kitchen on Saturday mornings, but also a realization that Finnish cheese was not something that could be easily bought anywhere or made by just anybody!
After quite a few years away from home, I finally decided to take time to learn how to make cheese, this Finnish Squeaky Cheese, so that I could carry and pass the tradition to others. Even though I had seen it made hundreds of times, I did not really pay attention, and all these years later I ended up making about five phone calls to Mom and a couple calls to my sisters and then there was even one time when I had to just sit down and write instructions exactly as Mom told me over the phone when I couldn’t get things quite right. The first week I made this juusto SIX times just to try perfect it! Yes, that’s right, SIX times in one week!
That’s when I decided to make a video showing the entire process. I knew that if I did not know how to do it even after watching the process so many times around home, others would surely wonder as well.
Enjoy the video How to Make Finnish Squeaky Cheese, and let me know if you have any questions or comments. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meanwhile, this radio interview describes what I do most of the time!
P.S. Photo credits for the farm painting go to Lavona Keskey, a local friend and artist.