Älgens Hus (The Moose House) - Gastro Obscura

Älgens Hus (The Moose House)

The Elk House
Bjurholm, Sweden

A Swedish farm is the world's only producer of the rare, creamy delicacy that is moose cheese. 

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Moose-milking can’t be easy. Perhaps that’s why moose milk cheese can set a buyer back as much as $500 per pound, making it one of the most expensive cheeses in the world. But for those with a druthers for dairy, Älgens Hus (The Moose House) in Bjurholm, Sweden, makes four varieties of the pricey product, all thanks to three moose sisters.

Gullan, Haelga, and Juno lactate only from May through the end of September. Coaxing five liters of milk from each moose per day takes a delicate hand and calm demeanor, which leads to the product’s prestige and price. The Johanssons, who own Älgens Hus, make four kinds of cheese from the high-protein milk: a soft, white-mold variety similar to Camembert; a creamy blue cheese; a dried blue cheese; and feta. The latter, which gets preserved in a neutral vegetable oil, is the Elk House’s bestseller. Some reviewers say the feta has a mildly acidic flavor and smooth texture.

While some of the varieties are available at select restaurants scattered across the country, that’s as far as they travel. All the more reason to visit the Älgens Hus farm and pay respects to these fine lactating ladies.

The Swedish word for moose, älg, is commonly mistranslated as “elk” by English speakers and Swedes alike, so if you hear of directions to the “Elk House,” you’re likely still going the right way.

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The farm offers tours and has a restaurant with plenty of delicious options, including a raspberry and cream parfait made with moose feta cheese.

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