What is Gouda?
- Gouda is a Dutch Yellow Cheese made from cows milk. Gouda was first mentioned in 1184, which makes this cheese the oldest recorded cheese in the world that is still made today.
- Gouda cheese is creamy with a mild flavor that is full of a hormone called vitamin K2.
History of Gouda.
- The cheese is named after the Dutch city of Gouda, not because it is produced in or near the city, but because it has historically been traded there.
- Buyers then sampled the cheeses and negotiated a prices using a ritual system called handjeklap
- Handjeklap: When the buyer and the seller clap each others hands and yell out prices
- After the price is chosen they take the cheese to get weighed and finish the buying process there.
- Till this day farmers from the surrounding regions come every Thursday morning to Gouda, between 10AM to 12:30PM to have their cheese tasted, weighed and priced.
- Today most Dutch Gouda is produced industrially.
How is Gouda Made?
- Gouda is typically made from pasteurised cow’s milk
- The smoother and less flavorful gouda they use raw milk or pasteurized
- To enhance the flavor of the cheese they add cheese, herbs, seasoning, and nuts.
What do people eat Gouda with?
- Gouda is served for breakfast
- It is good served with certain types of fruit such as Strawberries, grapes, or apple slices.
- Its good with crackers or bread
- It also is know to be good with a merlot wine or a mug of beer