Jack cheese, or Monterey Jack cheese is a cooked, semi-soft whole milk or skim milk cheese. When aged or dry it resembles Cheddar, but when soft and unaged it is similar to Muenster in flavor. Aged varieties are usually found only locally in California, but the softer variety and a soft version with jalapeno peppers (Pepper Jack or Jalapeno Jack) are widely available throughout the U.S.
Sonoma Jack is made in Sonoma County, California.
Jack cheese has a high moisture content, melts easily, and has a bland, buttery flavor.
The most widely told story of its origin, is that it was first made in Monterey, California and named for 19th century California land owner David Jacks. For additional information and more on the origin of Jack Cheese, visit this webpage of the Monterey County Historical Society.
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