Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gouda It's a Gooda

By Lisa VanWilliams
The well aged ones taste like toffee crystals dipped in butterscotch without nearly as much guilt. It has been described as sweet -n- salty and bursting with flavor. It's a Dutch yellow cheese made from cow's milk named after a city in the Netherlands. Made from pasteurized milk it's heated until the curds separate from the whey, then they reduce the amount of whey and add water. The cheese is then dried, waxed, and aged. 

It provides a good source of calcium, protein, and vitamin A but it's high in fat and sodium so use in moderation.

We like Uniekaas brand sold at Whole Foods. The 18 month Reserve Gouda and the aged 3 years Gouda are incredibly rich and smooth. They are produced in the Northern region of Holland where they are placed on wooden shelves to age. The cheese wheels are rotated every few weeks to ensure even distribution of moisture. The longer it ages it develops a caramel sweetness and crystallizes.

Well aged Gouda's like these could be complemented with wines that are deeply flavored such as a rich Merlot or Cabernet. It can also be used as a substitute for Parmesan cheese if you like grating.

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