The standard bearer of French soft-ripened cheeses is Brie, a creamy cow’s milk cheese. Friendship Brie features a white rind and a cream-colored, buttery, soft interior that oozes when at the peak of ripeness and temperature. This soft cow’s milk cheese has an ash white surface mold and a butterfat content of at least 40%. Packed in convenient tins, these individual portions are perfect for entertaining and snacking!
Edam is one of the most famous Dutch cheeses, traditionally produced in a ball shaoem but now also produced in an easier to handle loaf. It is named after the small Dutch town of Edam where it was first produced. Now produced all over Holland, Edam is a young, mild cheese that is somewhat spicier than mild 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.
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
It is a stretched curd cheese produced from sheeps’s, cow’s or goat’s milk. It has a shape of small loafs in different sizes. The cheese has no rind. Chopped mint is often added to the curd, which adds some life to otherwise milky-bland taste. Halloumi is a perfect cooking cheese. It will hold it’s shape after grilling or frying. It is very similar to Mozzarella.