Iced Tomato Bouillon
Cold Sliced Tongue
Dinner Rolls
*Jellied Vegetable Ring
Coffee Soufflé
Wafer Crackers
Pineapple Cheese

In 1914 August 4 was a Tuesday.

NortonPineappleCheese-e1363634699709When I first saw “Pineapple Cheese” I thought it might be a sliceable fruit preserve, like damson or quince cheese. Some further research showed that it was, in fact, cheese shaped like a pineapple! In 1809 Lewis M. Norton of Goshen, Connecticut began making these unusual cheeses and shortly thereafter patented the process. The cheddar-style cheese was pressed in a pineapple-shaped mold  and then hung in nets to cure, which gave it a pineapple texture. The outside was painted with linseed oil or even shellack to create a hard rind.

To serve the cheese, it was placed in a holder and the top was cut off. Then the cheese inside the rind was removed with a special scoop.

The pineapple cheese was a popular gift as the  pineapple is a symbol of welcome. It was an extravagant gift too, as it was one of the more expensive cheeses.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

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