Gouda is named after it’s place of origin, Gouda, Netherlands.
It is made by a process of washing the curd. Some of the whey is drained, it is replaced by warm water and drained again and more water is added. That water is then heated, which helps expel moisture from inside the curd. The purpose of washing the curd is to reduce the amount of lactose in the cheese. Lactose is the naturally occurring milk sugars.The cheese is then pressed for days which is how the cheese gets it’s flat, round shape. After that, the gouda is stored and aged for months to even years depending on desired results and flavors.
Never had Gouda before?
Well, it has a sort of sweet, slight fruity taste that increases with age when the cheese becomes harder and more brittle. It’s a creamy cheese, even more so than cheddar.
What to Use Gouda For?
Gouda is a great melting cheese; Often used in homemade macaroni and cheese. It works well on any cheese board, compiled with other cheeses. You can use Gouda in a lot of dishes including cheese based soups, smoked gouda mashed potatoes, grilled cheese sandwiches and in fondue.
Here, at Jakes Gouda Cheese, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the freshest, tastiest cheese we can. We use only the best ingredients, and take our time with the process insuring that Gouda comes out delicious and consistent. If you’ve ever tasted our cheese, you know it’s one thing we know how to do! We offer three different types of our cheese – Baby Gouda, Smoked Gouda, and Aged Gouda – giving you a variety of tastes and textures to choose from. Shop online today to purchase your cheese. Or, stop on by! We’re located right in Deansboro, NY and would love to show you the plant.