Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tillamook Cheese {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Deborah Wellenstein!}

As with everywhere, there are some stereotypes about Wisconsin that aren't necessarily true. Sure, we have cows and yes, we have sports fans that wear those cheesehead hats proudly. But no, we're not all farmers and we don't have beer and cheese with every meal.

Although... okay... cheese is pretty darn good stuff. And, up until recently, my family was getting along just fine eating the standard cheese that we found in the grocery store. Everything from block to shredded to sliced, we tended to buy whatever was on sale and were happy with it.

Then we tried Tillamook. And I wondered first if we were the only people in the U.S. to not have heard of or sampled Tillamook cheeses before and second, how in the world would we go back to regular cheese again?

A 101 year old farmer-owned dairy company in Oregon, Tillamook makes a variety of cheeses, ice cream, yogurt, butter and sour cream that follow their commitment to being the utmost highest in quality. Over the years, they have earned a reputation for consistently producing the best-tasting dairy products and are now nationally recognized for their delicious dairy products.

As not all Tillamook products are available everywhere, they do have an online store and a store locator to help find a retailer near you to purchase their tasty items. For me, I was fortunate that there was one store listed for my area... but not as fortunate that when I arrived there and found the Tillamook section that it wasn't very large.

I was really looking forward to tasting the much-talked-about, award-winning Medium Cheddar 2 lb Baby Loaf as well as many of the sliced and shredded varieties, but was still able to happily walk away with both the Medium and Sharp Cheddar Cheese 8-oz blocks. Yum!

As both Big Sister E and Little Sister B are big fans of cheese, when lunchtime rolled around and we had the opportunity to pull out our Tillamook cheese slicer and give this a taste, we were all pretty excited about it.

I was glad to see that Tillamook cheeses are made from only the highest quality milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones - because who wants to feed those to their kids?

Naturally aged over 60 days to develop its rich, creamy, smooth flavor, it wasn't hard to see why Tillamook recently earned the title of World's Best Medium Cheddar at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest. The deep, nutty flavor and perfectly creamy texture feels and tastes different than... well, any cheese that didn't just win a World Championship title. It's delicious!

Containing only natural ingredients and nothing artificial, cheese from Tillamook is a great snack or included in a multitude of recipes (their website has a lot of great ones)! Available in a variety of sizes, you not only get the high quality taste and unmatched flavor, but without any use of artificial growth hormones you'll always know that you are feeding your family something safe and healthy.

Have you already tried Tillamook? Are you one of the thousands and thousands who love it? Thanks to their generosity, one person will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite flavors of this yummy cheese, because...

One lucky person will win a Baby Loaf box containing 3 coupons for free cheese (your choice!), a slicer and a heart-shaped sandwich cutter from Tillamook Cheese!

To enter to win: Visit Tillamook Cheese and tell me something that you learned there or which of their tasty products you would like to try.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow Tillamook Cheese on Twitter and/or Like them on Facebook (a great place to connect with other cheese fans, trade recipes and find coupons for Tillamook products)!
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1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

#WIN a Tillamook Cheese Baby Loaf box of cheeses, slicer & heart-shaped cutter (ARV $25)! #thxmailcarrier http://bit.ly/aDZlsl #giveaway

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Giveaway will end on December 10th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to Tillamook Cheese for providing a Tillamook Cheese Baby Loaf box for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Tutus N' Trucks said...

Im from Oregon and LOVE Tillamook Cheese! They have the Tillamook Cheese Factory down in Tillamook where you can sample or buy the most amazing, fresh, Tillamook products. I really want some Tillamook ice cream right now =)

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CrazyLittleB_tch said...

I never knew that much about cheese. My kids love cheese and tillamook is one of the better brands there... probably the best. Already follow you on twitter and facebook. your button is on my blog. I follow you on blogger.

Lois S said...

Tillamook farmers have certified that their milk is from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones
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Jenny said...

Their Our Old-fashioned Vanilla ice cream sounds very yummy!

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Unknown said...

i recently visited the tillamook cheese factory, and sampled what was i believe, pepper and something else, i cant remember for the life of me the name of the cheese. but oh goodness, it was to die for!! i am nine months pregnant and am dying to get that cheese! i cant find it any where! :( but the factory. (too far of a drive)

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Kristen said...

I'd like to try their Colby Jack.

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I didn't know until now that Tillamook doesn't use milk from cows that are treated with artificial growth hormones.

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Karen said...

We love Tillamook! The cheese and the ice cream and the yogurt too. We always buy the medium cheddar but I would like to try their Colby Jack cheese.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

they make ice cream

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LOVE Tillamook Cheese!

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LOVE Tillamook Cheese extra sharp cheddar and the ice cream

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Renee said...

I knew they made cheese, but I was not aware that they made ice cream too. Yummmmm!!!

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I would like to try their smoked cheddar.
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BowieTip said...

I would like to try Tillamook's Smoked Cheddar for the making of Welsh Rarebit. Rarebit is a spread or a sauce made melting cheese in a bath of beer. It's good for breakfast, upon toasted sourdough bread.

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john said...

Sweet cream butter

melsywsou said...

Colby Jack

ashleynichole said...

I would love to try the black pepper cheese :)

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I would like Pepper Jack! yummy

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M.S. said...

I would love to try their pepperjack.

5webs said...

I'd love to try their Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
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Alison said...

I so want to get their "baby loaf" onesies for my new nieces. So cute! My mom loves this cheese and served it to us as kids. It brings back fun memories. Thanks! (alidear at hotmail dot com)

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Heather said...

I would love to try the special reserve cheddar cheese. Sounds YUMMY!
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I want to try the Pepper Jack
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I would like to try their Swiss and Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar cheeses.
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Hope said...

I really, really, really want some colby jack cheese.

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I'm in love with their Aged White Cheddar cheese.
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madpay said...

one of the great cheeses

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