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What is Brick Cheese?

Sara Schmidt
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Updated Feb 21, 2024
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Brick cheese is a square or rectangle-shaped cheese. White to pale yellow in color, this type of cheese can range from sweet and mild when young to strong and savory after the aging process. Brick cheeses are ideal for sandwiches and recipes calling for melted cheese.

Brick cheese was created during the late 1800's, making it the oldest cheese born in the United States. Created from being pressed by bricks, the cheese was named after its own cooking process. Specialty brick cheeses can be made with buttery, garlic, or other herbal flavorings. The sharp finish of the cheese on its own makes it a popular product.

A semi-soft cheese, brick is made with whole milk. Hot, red clay bricks are used to press cheese curds into their block shape. Before packaging, the cheese is typically treated with a whey solution and stored for several days on wooden shelves.

This type of cheese is a good source of protein. A single slice of brick contains a quarter of an ounce (nearly seven grams) of the nutrient. A high-fat food, brick cheese contains just over a quarter of an ounce (eight grams) of fat per serving. It also has 105 calories per slice.

Since it crumbles and melts so easily, brick cheese can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Savory dishes, like pork cordon bleu, can be prepared with this cheese. Simple appetizers, such as cheese with fruit and crackers, are especially good with brick cheeses. Comfort foods, like macaroni and cheese, broccoli and cheese casserole dishes, and potato salad, can also be made with the cheese. Other popular recipes for this food include breakfast stratas, cheesy spreads, and specialty sandwiches.

To store brick cheese, keep it in the warmest spot of the refrigerator. This is typically in the door. If kept in this place, wrapped well, and stored away from heat or moisture, the cheese may last for a long period of time. Once opened, young varieties may last for up to two weeks, while older types of cheese may be stored for four. Should the cheese develop a strong unpleasant odor or begin to grow mold, it should be discarded.

If brick cheese is unavailable, many other cheeses may be substituted for brick recipes. Dishes that require mild cheese flavors can be substituted with Jack, Lagerkaese, or Havarti cheeses. Those requiring an aged type of cheese may work well with a Limburger instead.

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Sara Schmidt
By Sara Schmidt , Writer
With a Master's Degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University, Sara Schmidt puts her expertise to use by writing for WiseGeek, plus various magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She published her own novella and has other literary projects in the works. Sara's diverse background includes teaching children in Spain, tutoring college students, running CPR and first aid classes, and organizing student retreats, reflecting her passion for education and community engagement.

Discussion Comments

By letshearit — On May 30, 2011

Does anyone have any good recipes you could share that make use of brick cheese?

I am a huge cheese fan and am always looking for new ways to use my favorite food.

Right now, I have a brick of cheese designated for my favorite baked macaroni and cheese recipe.

All you need for it is 3 cups of ready macaroni, a half a cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of flour, 3 cups of milk, a dash of salt, and a cup of brick cheese that you have shredded. You can add some other cheese like cream and Swiss if you want it richer. You also need a handful of crushed potato chips.

Get your oven to 325, and ready your casserole dish. In a saucepan melt your butter, and add the flour, milk, salt and cheese. Stir until everything is melted and smooth.

Put your macaroni in the sauce, and then pour it into the casserole dish.

Combine your potato chips with a little melted butter and sprinkle them on top. Bake until golden brown on top and enjoy.

By Sara007 — On May 29, 2011

I love to buy large bricks of old cheddar cheese for my home. They keep well and can be used for a variety of purposes.

I think that using fresh cheese in the brick form is much better than using the processed slices that most people seem to be fond of. With brick cheese on hand, you can easily slice pieces for grilled cheese sandwiches, grate it for toppings or to add into recipes, and of course, if you just want some to put on crackers, you can do that too.

Does anyone have any other kinds of brick cheese you would recommend trying? I love my old cheddar, but am willing to experiment.

Sara Schmidt

Sara Schmidt

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With a Master's Degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University, Sara Schmidt puts her expertise to use by writing for WiseGeek, plus various magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She published her own novella and has other literary projects in the works. Sara's diverse background includes teaching children in Spain, tutoring college students, running CPR and first aid classes, and organizing student retreats, reflecting her passion for education and community engagement.
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