Nellie, Heifer-In-Chief


Dear Reader,

Hello! Your Heifer-in-Chief Nellie here to guide you through Wisconsin’s Cheese Awards season, a multi-week process of tasting cheese and choosing champions, with prestigious awards handed out to the world’s best cheese producers. Whether you’re curious about the ins and outs of the industry, or even a starry-eyed cheesemaker with an empty shelf waiting for trophies of your own, we’ve got something for MOO.

What are The World Cheese Championships and when are they held?

The World Championship Cheese Contest® is the world’s premier technical cheese, baked cheese, bread cheese, keto cheese, butter, and yogurt competition. The World Contest has been hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association biennially since 1957.  The 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest was held March 1-3,
2022 in Madison, Wisconsin,

  • The Big Moo Baked Cheese Wins Big!

    Although only launched in January, TEAM MOO won two first place awards for THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese at THE WORLD CHEESE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022, handily beating the baked cheese and bread cheese competition. Also called Juustoleipa, THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese won #1 Best in Class, Best Baked Cheese, for THE BIG MOO OH-SO ORIGINAL flavor in the Prepared Cheese Category (Juustoleipa) category with a score of 99+ out of 100. THE BIG MOO HOPPIN’ JALAPĒNO also won #1 Best in Class, Best Baked Cheese among Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheese, Mediu...

  • The Best Keto Cheeses

    Keto dieters typically prioritize foods that are high in fat to make up for the calories they miss out on when restricting carbs. This means baked cheese is an excellent keto food because cheese is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

    Keep in mind that while all cheese can be keto it’s not all carb-free. The way you buy cheese can determine its keto value because the nutritional profile of cheese varies. Soft and semi-soft cheeses often have more lactose (carbs), while semi-hard and hard cheeses usually have less lactose and are better keto cheese. Choose full-fat cheeses ...

  • Cheese-Stuffed Roasted Peppers

    These gooey, super-cheesy peppers make the perfect vegetarian appetizer and come together in minutes. This Italian inspired dish is both savory and rich, with a subtle hint of sweetness. It’s best in late summer through early fall, when you can substitute fresh peppers for jarred but either way it's a crowd-pleaser year round.
  • Get to Know THE BIG MOO Cows

    Few consumers have ever visited a dairy farm, so we get a lot of questions at THE BIG MOO baked cheese about dairy cows. Dairy farmers take great pride in their cows and here at THE BIG MOO cheese, we source from local Wisconsin family farms where all the cows have names and live very humane lives.

    Here are six surprising facts about dairy cows from whose milk we make THE BIG MOO baked cheese.

    1. Cows have four stomachs. Technically, cows only have one stomach, but it has four distinct compartments. Due to this unique digestive system, cows can convert plants ...
  • Baked Cheese And Dieting

    Cheese might not be the first food you think of when it comes to weight loss except for the keto diet, and yet some research suggests the food may be beneficial for many weight loss diets.. For example, in a study on more than 2,500 men who self-reported their intake of dairy products, a higher consumption of cheese, like baked cheese, specifically was associated with a lower BMI after a five-year follow-up, per an stud...

  • 8 Facts about Wisconsin Cheese

    1. The Dairy State boasts more national and international cheese awards than anywhere in the world. THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese won not 1 but 2 first place awards at The World Cheese Championships in 2022.

    2. Wisconsin makes one-quarter of all the cheese in the U.S. and roughly one-half of all the artisan cheese. 

    3. Ninety percent of Wisconsin milk is made into cheese. That’s more than 2.8 billion pounds of cheese per year, or 11 pounds for each person in the United States. It takes 8 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of THE BIG MOO.

    4. Wisconsin produces 600 varieties of cheese...

  • What Wine Should I Pair with Baked Cheese?

    Traditionally, juustoleipä or baked cheese is paired with a cup of hot coffee in Scandinavia. That’s right: it’s breakfast cheese. In fact, many people dip their grilled baked cheese into coffee!

    If you’re not a coffee fan, pair THE BIG MOO baked cheese with a nice glass of wine. While many experts. suggest a sweeter white pairing like riesling, pinot gris, or Grüner Veltliner, our SoMOOlier suggests the following:

    THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese OH-SO ORIGINAL with a buttery Chardonnay.

    THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese CHEESY PIZZA with a Pinot Noir.

    THE BIG MOO Baked Cheese BAKIN...