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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 flavours 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 colour by adding colouring 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-flavoured it becomes. Similarly, Aged Gouda such as a five-year aged cheese develops such strong flavour that cheese aficionados prefer to eat it alone. Accompaniments seem pale in comparison to its caramel and robust flavour.

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 pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's, goat's or sheep's milk
  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Region: South Holland, Gouda
  • Family: Gouda
  • 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 flaky
  • Rind: waxed
  • Colour: yellow
  • Flavour: burnt caramel, full-flavored
  • Aroma: rich, ripe
  • Vegetarian: no
  • Synonyms: Five-Year Aged Gouda, Jong belegen Gouda, Belegen Gouda, Extra belegen Gouda, Oud Gouda, Overjarig Gouda, Gouda, Aged Four Years

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Jan 13
#Heinens French Brie is on-sale for $8.99/lb! Pair with Blue Cheese and an Aged Gouda for a delicious #cheeseboard! pic.twitter.com/7L7oW9IPzn
Dec 10, 2014
Prepping a fancy #cheese platter? Aged De Waag Gouda is a Dutch staple bursting with flavour! bit.ly/1wteyew pic.twitter.com/U4uwImaVOe
Dec 08, 2014
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Nov 16, 2014
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Aug 18, 2014
This is the most gorgeous cheese cave! Lankaaster aged gouda square loaves on display. pic.twitter.com/tiiox3cMP5
Aug 16, 2014
26 month aged Gouda cheese is not quite bacon but it is pretty close. pic.twitter.com/WCpWtLNqRT
Jul 19, 2014
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, 2014
fig & blue grilled cheese: aged gouda, blue cheese, #fig jam, roasted garlic, toasted on levain. #foodcarts #Oregon pic.twitter.com/LFE4pZxHrp
Jun 23, 2014
Favourite cheese this week... 3 year aged Gouda. Crunchy salt crystals, rich savoury almost marmite flavour.. Yum pic.twitter.com/JvRHHzTB0y
Jun 20, 2014
Save $6/Lb on Leerdammer cheese, and $4/Lb on aged Goat Gouda cheese, in our specialty department! pic.twitter.com/6ifE1Wj6Ev
Jun 12, 2014
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Jun 12, 2014
Course 4, aged Gouda and berthaut perriere cheese with @oskarblues Good Game Quad #craftbeer pic.twitter.com/JALuij5pr8
May 27, 2014
Tonight's cheese: Cypress Grove "Lamb Chopper" and Uniklaas 5 Year Aged Gouda. Mmmmmm pic.twitter.com/PXXjCtSAhh
May 23, 2014
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
 
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