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Ridder is a semi-soft washed rind cheese from Norway. The name Ridder means "knight" in Norwegian. It was first made in the 1960's.

Ridder has an ivory or creamy white interior with few or no holes. The cheese has an edible, orange rind that may be somewhat sticky. The cheese is similar to Port Salut.

The cheese is made from pasteurized milk and uses animal rennet. Because the cheese is a washed rind cheese it can be smelly, especially if stored in plastic.

Ridder is often used as a dessert cheese, served with fruit or crackers. It can also be sliced to use in sandwiches.

Where to buy

Ridder is imported into the United States, so you can find it at many cheese shops or high-end grocery stores. You can also find it online at


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