Casper Jaggi, Swiss Cheesemaker

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Have you ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes? You'll find out in this story about a Swiss cheese maker named Casper Jaggi. Casper Jaggi was only six years old when his father taught him how to make cheese in the Swiss Alps. In 1913, Jaggi left Switzerland in search of new opportunities in the United States. Like many other Swiss, he settled in Green County, Wisconsin, where the rolling hills dotted with grazing cows reminded him of home. And soon, he'd be turning cow's milk...

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Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker

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Overview

Have you ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes? You'll find out in this story about a Swiss cheese maker named Casper Jaggi. Casper Jaggi was only six years old when his father taught him how to make cheese in the Swiss Alps. In 1913, Jaggi left Switzerland in search of new opportunities in the United States. Like many other Swiss, he settled in Green County, Wisconsin, where the rolling hills dotted with grazing cows reminded him of home. And soon, he'd be turning cow's milk into cheese, just as he did in Switzerland.

The book opens the doors to Jaggi's Brodhead Swiss Cheese Factory - largest factory of its kind in Wisconsin in the 1950s. Archival photos help illustrate, step-by-step, the process Jaggi and his workers followed to transform 2,000 pounds of milk in a copper kettle into a 200-pound wheel of Swiss cheese.
 
Jaggi was one of the many European immigrants who helped establish Wisconsin's reputation for delicious cheese. The artisan cheese makers crafting award-winning cheeses today are continuing this rich tradition in America's Dairyland.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870203923
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Series: Badger Biographies Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 984,238
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Apps is a well-known storyteller and educator who has written about rural living and country life for more than 30 years. His books include Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition and Ringlingville USA. He received the Council for Wisconsin Writers Major Achievement Award in 2007.

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Table of Contents

Meet Casper Jaggi     1
Casper's Swiss Traditions Find a New Home     4
The Making of a Swiss Cheese Maker     11
How Does Milk Become Cheese?     25
Life in a Cheese Factory     46
The Cheddar Cheese Challenge     55
A Lifetime Spent Perfecting His Craft     60
A Tradition Continues     64
Casper's Time Line     68
Glossary     70
Reading Group Guide and Activities     76
To Learn More about Cheese Making in Wisconsin     78
Acknowledgments     80
Index     81
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