Cheese on a whole is a versatile food and is perfect for most occasions and in cooking.
Gouda cheese is named after the city Gouda in the Netherlands. Gouda is a wax coated, semi-hard cheese, which is rich and smooth in flavour.
Although it has a distinct taste, it can be altered a number of ways, the milk used, length of time it is matured and also through the flavours added such as seeds, nuts, spices or even smoking it. After 1 month of maturing the cheese is very soft and light in flavour, as it ages it becomes increasingly firmer and stronger in taste. As a general rule, the harder the cheese, the longer it will remain fresh.
When Gouda Cheese is over 12 months old it is very hard, crumbles easily and sharp in flavour. An ideal temperature and place to store your cheese is in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator between 2° to 4° C. (more moisture)
Cheese is best when eaten at room temperature, so to get a fuller flavour from your cheese, remove it from the refrigerator about one to two hours before serving. To protect cheese from mould, always prepare in a clean area and re-wrap in plastic wrap or cheese paper before it is returned to the fridge.
A Little About
The Gouda Cheese Shop – Hillcrest was first opened, by cheese makers Ben and Fieke Meyer, in 1986. The current owners, Addy and Hans Nieremeijer, bought the shop from them in 1996 and moved it to its current location, by the Hillcrest roundabout, on SH1, just before you leave Hamilton. In May 2006 they decided to offer their customers an other choice by opening a second shop in Rototuna – Hamilton.
Hans brings his 30 years of catering experience into the business and he and Addy can advise you on all their products, match your cheese with wine and suggest the right product for that special occasion.
Since 2009 their son Brian has joined the business, adding to everything he has learned growing up with the business, by working alternately in both shops till they decided to open a third shop. The third shop is located in Tauranga and was opened on 1 December 2010. Brian is now running this shop.
See what other products we have here: goudacheese.co.nz