‘Insane waste’: Half a tonne of ‘unwanted cheese’ looking for a new home in Switzerland

The Local Switzerland
The Local Switzerland - [email protected] • 16 Apr, 2021 Updated Fri 16 Apr 2021 14:20 CEST
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Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler smells a piece of cheese that has been matured for 6 month with hip-hop music on the final day of an experiment conducted by the University of the Arts in Bern on March 14, 2019 in Berthoud, in the Emmental region, central Switzerland. - Beat Wampfler, a Swiss veterinarian by day, but consumate apron-wearing cheese enthusiast at night, has embarked on an experiment to test the impact of music on Emmental. Since last September, the cheeses have each been blasted with sonic masterpieces from the likes of rock gods Led Zeppelin or hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest to techno beats, ambient choirs and Mozart's classic Magic Flute. A jury of expert tasted the cheeses on March 14, 2019 and the tasty winner the cheese matured with the hip-hop album. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Half a tonne of this Swiss cheese, renowned for its tangy taste and creamy texture when melted, may end up in the trash — unless you save it.

Because of inadequate packaging, a retailer returned the raclette to the manufacturer, who ended up with half a tonne of cheese he couldn't sell.

There was nothing wrong with the cheese itself, so instead of throwing it out, the cheesemaker contacted Frischer Fritz, an organisation which fights against food waste, and asked them to take the 130 wheels of raclette off his hands.

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“This is such an insane waste”, said  Sandra Kissling, the organisation’s founder.

Frischer Fritz took to social media to find buyers for the cheese, which has pieces of vegetables added to it.

But Kissling said takers are not exactly queueing up in front of the organisation’s shop in Thun, canton Bern, or on its online platform.

The packaging may not be attractive but the cheese is excellent. Frischer Fritz / Facebook

To make it easier to sell, the cheese was cut into 800-gramme portions, although larger chunks are also available — whole wheels weighing 6kg sell for 65 francs.

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