6 LB QUARTER WHEEL
The story of this extraordinary cheese began many years ago when a Dutch master cheesemaker named Pieter got lost deep in the Italian countryside. Chance brought Pieter to the home of Guiseppe Paradiso, a gracious old man who put Pieter up for the night and sent him off the next morning with homemade bread and cheese. So delightfulÂ was the cheeseâ€™s taste: smooth, buttery and popping with a refined crunch and a bold tang, that upon returning to Holland, Pieter couldnâ€™t stop thinking about it. Pieter retuned to Italy a few years later to find out Mr. Paradisoâ€™s cheese making secrets, but the old man had passed on. Determined to replicate the Italian flavor he loved so well, Pieter dedicated his life to perfecting his recipe. Once achieved he named his masterwork: Paradiso. Today Paradiso still holds the heart of two countries. It is made in the Italian specialty style by Dutch artisan cheesemakers using sweet, creamy milk from free-ranging cows that graze Hollandâ€™s nutrient-rich grasslands. All natural, gluten and lactose free, Paradiso is semi-firm and has a smooth, creamy texture with some characteristic crystallization throughout. Its wonderful flavor is akin to Grana Padano or Parimgiano Reggiano but with an affirmed impression of the unique Dutch landscape. * Please go to Home/Recipes/Appetizers for a recipe utilizing the Beemster Paradiso Gouda
With its distinctive red wax rind, Gouda is the most famous Dutch cheese. It is made from pasteurized cow milk cheese and has a characteristic light orange texture dotted with tiny holes. Red wax Gouda has a mild, nutty flavor that is quite similar to edam but with a slightly creamier paste.
Now we`re talkin`! Beemster Classic (aged 18-months) is considered the classic Dutch cheese throughout Holland. Its complex flavors develop slowly as it matures for a year and a half in our 100+ year-old traditional warehouse. A firm texture with some crystallization, a deep ochre interior, notes of toasted walnuts, and a brown-butter finish equal perfection!
Smoked Maasdam features a mild, nutty flavor and a subtle smokiness. With a delicious, edible rind, the cheese is smoked over smoldering hickory chips, creating and earthy flavor profile with hints of dark Belgian beer. The pale yellow paste and smooth texture complete this cheese, which will lend a touch of warmth to any dish or cheese platter.
Kasseri is the kashkaval of Greece. It is a mellow table cheese made from sheeps milk, with a resilient but solid texture. Aged over 90 days, kasseri has a mild, buttery taste and a springy texture. An excellent table cheese, it is also flavorful when grilled.