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How To Eat Gouda Cheese

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Gouda cheese is a hard to semi-hard cheese which is made from cow’s milk. Gouda has a sweet, fruity flavor and it comes wrapped in a yellow or red wax rind. This cheese is named after a city in Holland by the same name. Though its origination is Dutch but nowadays gouda cheese is made in many countries across the world. Countries like New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Sweden, are all producing their own gouda cheese. In United States, gouda cheese is produced primarily in Wisconsin and New York.


 


Historic tit bits—


Around 1668, it was a tradition in the town of Gouda that farmers from nearby towns would bring their cheeses for a cheese weighing ceremony that used to take place every Thursday morning. Slowly this tradition turned into a tourist attraction and by 2006, the weighing house was turned into a museum.


Different types of gouda cheese—


This cheese has four different variants. One is baby gouda which comes wrapped in red wax coating and has mild flavor. Then another is goat’s milk gouda, which is bit sharp in taste. Then there is American gouda which is closest to its Dutch original. The aged gouda, as the name suggests is cured for the longest time, almost two years and is covered in black was rind.


Nutritional value--


If you eat gouda cheese then your body is getting calcium, fat, iron, protein, sodium, Vitamin A, carbohydrates and cholesterol.


How to eat gouda cheese—


You can eat gouda cheese by using it in cooking dishes or as a stand alone with fruits, wines or even beer. Gouda cheese can also be consumed after smoking it. The good thing about it is that it can be stored for about one month if kept under refrigeration. The mild sweet taste of this cheese makes it easy to eat gouda cheese by using it in desserts as well. This cheese can also be used as replacement for cheddar cheese in pastas etc. Also gouda cheese can be served in a cheese platter.


With wine--


Pair gouda with drier wines like Chardonnay, Pinot, Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Aged gouda can be paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. Smoked gouda can be eaten with spicier wines like Zinfandel, Syrah, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.


Recipes—


  • You can make a gouda cheese and macaroni salad by putting together macaroni, gouda, celery, eggs, green pepper, pickled relish and pimento. A dressing of sour cream blended with mustard, sugar, salt and pepper is added to the ingredients.

  • You can also stuff gouda cheese by scooping out some of the cheese, but let the rind remain intact. Then mix the shredded cheese with mustard, red wine and tarragon in a bowl and fill it in the shell of the cheese which is left behind. Sprinkle with green onions. This is an easy and different way to eat gouda cheese.


Similarly there you can make hundreds of other recipes using gouda cheese. The good thing about gouda is that it melts easily so can be used in cooking with ease.


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