Jack Cheese, also known as Monterey Jack Cheese, has a buttery taste that is milder when young, but it gets sharper with age. It is a yellow/white semi-hard cheese made using cow's milk and has a creamy texture that gets drier with age.
In addition to being eaten by themselves, our Jack cheeses are great for dips, Spanish or Mexican cuisine and so much more! Whether you’re adding them to a cheese board or your favorite recipe, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
NOTE: If your order includes cheese not under our 'Festival Cheeses' list it may take 2-3 weeks for delivery.
These cheeses are special orders coming directly from the factory in Wisconsin as they are not in stock at our Pennsylvania warehouse.
What is Monterey Jack Cheese?
Monterey Jack (also referred to as California Jack or Jack Cheese) is a semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk. When un-aged it is creamy in texture, has a creamy white coloring and is mild in flavor.
Is Monterey Jack Cheese Spicy?
Monterey Jack cheese is not spicy in its original form and has a very mild flavor. However, there are many varieties of Monterey Jack Cheese that have peppers, jalapenos or spices added in for a kick of flavor.
What is Colby Jack Cheese?
Colby-Jack is a cheese produced from a mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses. This dou is mild in flavor and semi-hard. Colby-Jack is very recognizable due to its unique orange and white marbled look and the moon or half-moon shape it is generally sold in.
Does Monterey Jack Cheese melt well?
Yes, Monterey Jack Cheese melts very well and because of its high moisture and mild flavors it is easy to add into your favorite recipes, dips, and so much more!
What is Pepper Jack Cheese?
Pepper Jack Cheese is a flavorful variation of the original Mild and creamy Monterey Jack. Peppers and spices are added in for an extra kick. Add it to nachos, burgers or into one of your favorite recipes!
History of Monterey Jack Cheese
Monterey Jack was made by Franciscan friars of Monterey, California, during the 1800s. Eventually a california business man and land owner, David Jacks, realized the marketability of this cheese and began selling it throughout Monterey with the name “Jack’s Cheese.” Soon, the cheese became so popular that people all over were eating it and referring to it as “Monterey Jack’s Cheese.”
How to Eat Monterey Jack Cheese
Jack Cheese Recipes
Monterey Jack Pairings
White Wine Pairings: Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose/Blush Chardonnay, White Burgundy, Pinot Blanc, Champagne, Amontillado Sherry.
Red Wine Pairings: Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir.
Beer Pairings: Blond or Golden Ale
Monterey Jack Nutrition
Monterey Jack only has around 100 calories per ounce and far less sodium than other cheeses as it has only 150 milligrams. There are many different variants of Monterey Jack that will change the nutritional facts slightly but overall, Monterey Jack cheese can be a nutritious addition to a balanced diet. Also, for anyone suffering from migraines, Monterey Jack is often recommended as one of the few cheeses that is safe to eat since it has a low content of tyramine, which is thought to be associated with headaches.