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Aged Gouda

Aged Gouda

Gouda, or "How-da" as the locals say, is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. If truth be told, it is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world's cheese consumption. There are several types of Gouda, classified by age. From all of these, hard-core Gouda fans prefer to taste the aged Gouda, as they feel it takes years of maturing to bring out the complex flavors of the cheese.

Aged Gouda is prepared similar to other Gouda cheeses by separating curds and whey through a heating process. It is shaped into a wheel that can be effectively sliced into wedged for consumption. As with all other cheeses, aged Gouda gets its color by adding coloring agent called annatto. With aging, Gouda develops calcium lactate crystals formed by the lactic acid in the cheese. It proffers an enjoyable crunch that is unique to waxed cheeses. However, the rind of a five-year aged Gouda is unfit for human consumption.

Gouda affinage
Gouda affinage

The longer a cheese is kept in maturation cellars, the more aromatic and full-flavored it becomes. Similarly, Aged Gouda such as a five-year aged cheese develops such strong flavor that cheese aficionados prefer to eat it alone. Accompaniments seem pale in comparison to its caramel and robust flavor.

Gouda cheese as a hard cheese goes well with beer and red wines. The taste of Vintage or Aged Gouda gets a new definition when it is paired with some white wines and any fruity wine.

  • Made from cow's, goat's or sheep's milk
  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Region: South Holland, Gouda
  • Synonyms: Five-Year Aged Gouda, Jong belegen Gouda, Belegen Gouda, Extra belegen Gouda, Oud Gouda, Overjarig Gouda, Gouda, Aged Four Years
  • Type: hard, artisan, brined, processed
  • Fat content (in dry matter): 76%
  • Fat content: 31 g/100g
  • Calcium content: 958 mg/100g
  • Texture: brittle, crumbly and flacky hard
  • Rind: waxed
  • Color: yellow

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Aug 18
This is the most gorgeous cheese cave! Lankaaster aged gouda square loaves on display. pic.twitter.com/tiiox3cMP5
Aug 16
26 month aged Gouda cheese is not quite bacon but it is pretty close. pic.twitter.com/WCpWtLNqRT
Jul 19
The last remains of a 10-yr aged Gouda my brother bought me almost a yr ago for my bday. Best cheese ive ever had pic.twitter.com/RnK3apujsc
Jul 05
fig & blue grilled cheese: aged gouda, blue cheese, #fig jam, roasted garlic, toasted on levain. #foodcarts #Oregon pic.twitter.com/LFE4pZxHrp
Jun 23
Favourite cheese this week... 3 year aged Gouda. Crunchy salt crystals, rich savoury almost marmite flavour.. Yum pic.twitter.com/JvRHHzTB0y
Jun 20
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Jun 12
@Eater: FDA retracts ban on cheese aged on wooden boards: bit.ly/SCVM1c pic.twitter.com/G24pR1VEAU”. Gouda News!
Jun 12
Course 4, aged Gouda and berthaut perriere cheese with @oskarblues Good Game Quad #craftbeer pic.twitter.com/JALuij5pr8
May 27
Tonight's cheese: Cypress Grove "Lamb Chopper" and Uniklaas 5 Year Aged Gouda. Mmmmmm pic.twitter.com/PXXjCtSAhh
May 23
We have the reigning US #Cheese Championship winner back in the house! Taste Marieke's Mature 6 - 9 month aged Gouda! pic.twitter.com/dr9p9cDjJp
Apr 17
And lastly, the #JoieDeChevre a firm cheese that's reminiscent of Cheddar and aged Gouda. pic.twitter.com/uusmOGPzGp
Apr 11
Friday night cheese + preserves. Italian Plum w/anise hyssop + delice de bourgogne. Aged gouda + apple cuttings. pic.twitter.com/rZwGFSqFdP
Mar 31
A #Gouda experience: medium, aged and grizzly, Sylvan Star Cheese... Grizzly Gouda is amazing! #infinitedining #yyc pic.twitter.com/RFC6s24OUq
Mar 29
@KqPremierCheese what do you think? Aged St Agur, petit Munster, Jura Montagne and your Gouda and Sheeps milk cheese pic.twitter.com/WQ1Fy0eNWQ
Mar 29
Wood grain fractures in thinly sliced aged Gouda cheese. Expertly knife cut by my little brother Jakob. pic.twitter.com/gaeWL7qrzi
 
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