Gouda cheese is a semi hard cheese that originated in and got its name from Gouda Netherlands which is located in northern France. The earliest recordings of this cheese dates back to 1184. As such, it is considered as one of the oldest types of cheese in the world.
Gouda cheese is mainly made from pasteurised cow’s milk. Some artisans also make use of unpasteurised goat or sheep’s milk. Typically, herbs, seasonings and nuts are added to the milk in order to enhance the cheese’s flavour.
It is a very popular cheese. In fact, according to a report made by Cheese Market News; in Mexico alone, Gouda makes up half of the country’s total cheese consumption. It goes well with Chenin Blanc or fruity Riesling. It is also great as dessert or table cheese, and is a top pick during dinner parties. However, in Netherlands, this cheese is mostly used to enhance the flavours and aroma of soups and sauces.
There are different varieties of Gouda cheese. They are usually differentiated by how long the cheese has been aged. Graskaas is a new or young Gouda, which was aged for about 4 weeks, while the extra aged Gouda is usually aged for more than 12 months. These varieties are usually identified by yellow, orange, or red wax rinds white mature cheese have black wax coverings.
Gouda cheese has a compact, crumbly, dense and springy texture. It has a yellow colour and has a waxed rind. While has a pungent aroma, it also offers a sweet, creamy and nutty flavour. The more time you spend aging a Gouda, the more it becomes firmer in texture. Its flavour also becomes richer.
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