Aged Goat Gouda from Holland

October 11, 2011 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.

When talk turns to goat cheese – and trust us, around here, talk often turns to goat cheese – it's most frequently in reference to the soft chèvre that’s most commonly produced with tangy goats' milk.  But there are so many other varieties of cheese made from this distinctive milk.  Most cheeses crafted from cows' milk can also be crafted with goats' milk, quite often with positively stellar results.  A prime example?  Trader Joe's Goat Gouda.

This is an artisan-made cheese made in Holland, the ancestral home of Gouda.  The milk comes from goats that graze the Dutch polder, fertile grasslands that abut the sea.  This diet results in milk that's a bit less tangy than most goats' milk, and gives the cheese a less sharp flavor than is generally associated with goat cheese.   Our Goat Gouda is made from 100% goat's milk from the polder and aged for 90 days to bring out its rich, nutty flavor.  It isn't overly "goat-y," and definitely delivers a deliciously smooth Gouda experience.  It's a terrific snacking cheese, adds depth to pasta dishes and will take a quiche with bacon (Ends & Pieces?)and veggies to a whole new level.  And we're selling it for $8.99 a pound, the same price we've had for more than two years, delivering a smooth experience at the cash register as well.

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