Pronounced: yay – toast

Names: brown cheese · whey cheese · caramelized cheese · fudge cheese

Origin: Norway

Animal: goat · cow

History: In the 1800s, Norway’s economy suffered from falling food staple profits. As a result, a milkmaid created gjetost. Instead of using curd as the base for cheese, she used the watery milk remains called whey.



Benefits: great for gluten-free diets · improves bone health · increases energy levels · alleviates depression

Nutritionist: calcium · vitamin B · protein · zinc · no added salt or sugar

Replaces: Nutella · cream cheese · avocado



Store: dairy section with the cheeses · specialty cheese shop

Online: Amazon

Shopping Tip: Ask someone at the cheese counter for a tasting. To save money, ask to have the block cut in half.



Gjetost will last for about 1 month in the refrigerator so long as it’s properly wrapped in plastic or wax paper.



  • Gjetost can survive in extreme temperature fluctuations, which is why Norwegian skiers snack on it while on the trails. Thus the gjetost brand name, Ski Queen.
  • Since it’s made out of whey instead of cheese, gjetost is not technically cheese, but rather a cheese-like product.
  • About a hundred years ago, gjetost was made entirely out of goat’s milk. Today, both goat’s and cow’s milk are mixed in different proportions.
  • If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own gjetost here. If you don’t have whey, use goat’s milk.



Gjetost Toast 

Gjetost Fondue 

Gjetost Apple Pie 


  One thought on “Gjetost

  1. Bjørn Wastvedt
    August 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    As Norwegian I love gjetost but living in USA I order 3 lbs . that last me 6 months. I keep my cheese in the fridge in a zip-lock bag so it will not dry out. As for me, I have never known gjetost to ruin!

    • Tess
      August 24, 2020 at 8:08 am

      Hi Bjørn! Haha, sounds like you’re a gjetost ADDICT! It’s one of my favorite food discoveries. Everyone that I introduce it to loves it. What are your favorites ways to eat it?

      Tess <3

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