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Wilde Weidekaas (Dutch Raw Cow's Milk Gouda)

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Wilde Weidekaas is a true Boerenkaas (literally farmer's cheese) of exceptional quality that has specific regulations applied to its production. We have worked for a number of years to find a producer of this quality gouda and we were lucky enough to find Lidia and Theo van Leeuwen and their 35 cows who produce this cheese on their farm in the West of Holland (between the cities of The Hague, Leiden and Zoetermeer.

The farm is 4 centuries old and is built on a dike, behind it is the "polder" (dry pumped land) where their cows graze (currently 4 meters below sea level).

The cheese is made fresh everyday from that day's milking which helps the cheese preserve more of the natural flavors and smells of the milk. Lidia and Theo choose to salt their cheese minimally, resulting in the cheese ripening more slowly which allows the cheese to develop more pronounced flavors.

The cheese has a creamy texture and an approachable yet complex flavor of fruit, milk, nuts and flowers.
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Country of Origin The Netherlands
Type of Milk Cow
Flavor Profile Medium
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Serving and Caring for your cheese

Caring for Your Cheese

How much cheese should I buy?

We advise buying small quantities more frequently to avoid long term storage because the complex flavors and aromas of good cheese will change and degrade over time. For appetizer quantities and not much left over, we suggest 1/4 lb per person. For larger servings or if you'd like some left overs, we suggest a full 1/2 lb per person.

How should I serve my cheese?

You can serve any number of cheeses: a single magnificent chèvre or a large selection celebrating the diversity of aromas, flavors and textures found in various traditions around the world. Choose what you like and what you expect your audience will enjoy. We usually go for a selection of three to four cheeses with various milk types, textures and flavors.

Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Just before serving, unwrap each cheese and scrape the cut surface with a knife edge to remove a thin layer. If you notice dried out parts or mold on the face of the cheese, cut it away.

Can I eat the rind?

Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. If you don’t like the taste or texture, cut it off.

What do I do about the mold on my cheese?

Cheese stored for some time may grow exterior molds. Typical molds will be white or blue-green but you can sometimes come across yellow or gray. Most of the time, you can refresh the cheese by cutting away those affected areas. The cheese underneath will be fine.

How do I store my cheese?

Store in a higher humidity area of your refrigerator - likely an enclosed spot which allows for limited airflow rather than constant drafts.

How do I wrap my cheese?

Use a clean wrap of the cheese paper, or, in a pinch use parchment (for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (for firm to hard cheeses).


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