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Where to find US-style feta cheese?

I'm wondering if anyone's had luck finding the style of feta cheese that is ubiquitous in the US. Often (though not always) this is cow's milk feta, something like Athenos brand. It's usually sharper and saltier than most Swiss bought feta, which tends to be closer to what would be labeled "goat cheese" in the US. I've tried nearly all of the feta and salatkäse in Migros and Coop, and none really fit the US style.

I realize US-style feta isn't even considered feta by some people, so I don't want this to devolve into a thread asking why I don't love traditional AOP certified Greek feta. I do! But I also like the US-style for various purposes.

Any suggestions on brands to try or stores to check out? (I'm in Zürich)

Thanks!
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I'm wondering if anyone's had luck finding the style of feta cheese that is ubiquitous in the US. Often (though not always) this is cow's milk feta, something like Athenos brand. It's usually sharper and saltier than most Swiss bought feta, which tends to be closer to what would be labeled "goat cheese" in the US. I've tried nearly all of the feta and salatkäse in Migros and Coop, and none really fit the US style.

I realize US-style feta isn't even considered feta by some people, so I don't want this to devolve into a thread asking why I don't love traditional AOP certified Greek feta. I do! But I also like the US-style for various purposes.

Any suggestions on brands to try or stores to check out? (I'm in Zürich)

Thanks!
I had to google that:

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Athenos feta, a U.S. brand from Kraft Foods Group Inc., isn't made of the milk of sheep and goats grazing on wild grasses of Greek mountain pastures but from cow's milk in Wisconsin

They you go. You get out, what you put in.

Your best bet would be some kind of U.S. store that stocks U.S. branded products.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Aldi. Lidl has it maybe too.
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Aldi. Lidl has it maybe too.
The one from LIDL, when they have their Greek week, is AOP from Greece.

The OP is looking for one made by Kraft foods.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Aldi do a decent feta and tastes more like the feta I've had in Greek islands compared to the others. I also prefer the more salty style feta.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

For this kind of things there's Denner. No AOP, no bio, they use the name meat on things that are not meat haha. But, they don't have online shop, you have to visit them to check.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Basically you want salty, white, semi-hard cow cheese?

You get lots of varieties of those in many countries (at least you do in South East Europe and Turkey).

One of your options is Turkish shops. They have quite of a selection of "salty, white, semi-hard cow cheese". Usually not the highest quality, but seems like they have what you are looking for.

They usually sell them in big cans.

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Aldi do a decent feta and tastes more like the feta I've had in Greek islands compared to the others. I also prefer the more salty style feta.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

OP. Have you tried Hirtenkäse?

Similar to Feta but made from cow's milk rather than the sheep milk which Feta is made from.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Such a bizarre thread, US styled cheese? Hard to get more oxymoronic than that

Still looking for Swiss cheese too?

FWIW, feta style cheese, irrespective of origin, isn't made from cow's milk - either sheep, goat or a combination of both

Greeks are most known for it and hence the Greek name of feta but Bulgarian, Turkish & French all make delicious varieties in varying levels of sharpness & fat and they do not call it feta
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FWIW, feta style cheese, irrespective of origin, isn't made from cow's milk - either sheep, goat or a combination of both
It is in Wisconsin!
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Such a bizarre thread, US styled cheese? Hard to get more oxymoronic than that

Still looking for Swiss cheese too?

FWIW, feta style cheese, irrespective of origin, isn't made from cow's milk - either sheep, goat or a combination of both

Greeks are most known for it and hence the Greek name of feta but Bulgarian, Turkish & French all make delicious varieties in varying levels of sharpness & fat and they do not call it feta
haha I puzzled by this too, US style feta cheese ? oh my, didn't even know US has foods outside of McDonalds.
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It is in Wisconsin!
Best food from Wisconsin is frozen custard and a guilty pleasure for Rockys
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Im not sure if it's the same but I like the Turkish 'Gazi' cheese from Denner. The yellow tin is made fully from cows milk.

This one: https://gazi.de/en/products/white-ch...-55-500-g.html
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The OP is looking for one made by Kraft Krap foods.
FTFY!

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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Thanks to half of you for the help, and the other half for reminding why this forum is becoming less and less useful.
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

If you ever make it to Geneva, I've found it in the American store in Cologny. Several other great US-style treats, in fact around Halloween I always get a craving for pumpkin pie...
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Re: Where to find US-style feta cheese?

Well, Feta is a cheese made from brined curd white cheese made from sheep's milk or from a mixture of sheep and goat's milk. So it’s not really a wonder that the cheese you are looking for that comes from a cow is also not available in Switzerland. Have you tried other countries?
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If you ever make it to Geneva, I've found it in the American store in Cologny. Several other great US-style treats, in fact around Halloween I always get a craving for pumpkin pie...
You can get canned pumpkin at Migros & Globus.

I don't blame you OP - I'd do anything for a tasty good quality American or English sharp & creamy yellow cheddar. They sold it at the cheese counter of my favorite Migros, but Brexit messed that up. There is nothing wrong for loving what you grew up with - I adore the finest and funkiest cheeses out there, but I still love the taste of home/childhood.

At the same Migros, they also share pre-crumbled Feta which is a rarity in this country.
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...I don't blame you OP - I'd do anything for a tasty good quality American or English sharp & creamy yellow cheddar. They sold it at the cheese counter of my favorite Migros, but Brexit messed that up. ...
Lidl have a couple of English Chedders, "Mature" and "Vintage". The vintage is quite good, the mature I use for cooking.
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