What Is Gouda Cheese?
What Is Gouda Cheese? Gouda is an ancient cheese with a colorful, wax-covered rind and flavor that ranges from slightly sweet and buttery when young to intensely nutty and caramelized when aged for a year or more.
It is widely available as an artisanal cheese suitable for cheese plates and as a young cheese that slices and melts well for sandwiches.
What Is Gouda Cheese?
Gouda is synonymous with the Netherlands, where this style of cheese dates back to the 1500s and possibly the 12th century. In fact, Gouda is named after the town of Gouda, which is home to one of the country’s bustling cheese markets.
Between the 1500s and 1700s, the Dutch became adept at cheesemaking, developing techniques for creating durable, long-lasting cheeses like Gouda and Edam. It was easily recognizable by its long-lasting, durable and colorful exterior, thanks to its low moisture content and saffron-vinegar-treated shells.
Unlike many iconic European cheeses, Gouda does not have a protected designation of origin (PDO). These regulations define criteria for the production of cheeses that can be sold under a particular label. As such, the quality of gouda varies widely, with both commercial cheeses and small-scale artisanal gins marketed under its name. A good rule of thumb is to look for Goudas, which are made in the Netherlands and tend to be of higher quality.
Boerenkaas is a Dutch word for “farm” cheese in the United States. In other words, it is cheese made from the milk of animals living on the farm where the cheese is made. However, the word Boerenkaas also goes a step further, requiring that all cheeses labeled as Boerenkaas are also made from raw (unpasteurized) milk. Only a small percentage of Dutch Gouda can be called Boerenkaas.
The rest of the Gouda made in the Netherlands comes from dairy cooperatives that collect milk from many farms to make cheese. A well-known Dutch cooperative is Beemster, which sells its Gouda in the United States.
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How to Make Gouda Cheese
Raw or pasteurized milk is heated, then cultures are added to start fermentation and acidify the milk. Then rennet is added to coagulate the milk into a gel-like clot.
Its two main properties are that it tastes sweet and has low moisture, and the next steps build these properties. The clots are scalded and mixed with hot water; These techniques expel moisture from the clots. The whey is then rinsed and most of the lactose in the cheese is taken with it. Because this lactose will not convert to lactic acid during the aging process, the result is a sweeter cheese.
The folds are then strapped into large circular molds and pressed to remove more moisture. The wheels are then soaked in brine before applying a thin coating of food-grade wax that gives the cheese its signature glossy, colorful exterior. The wheels are then placed in the cheese cave to age for anywhere from a few months to several years. High-quality, long-lasting wheels can develop crystals of tyrosine, an amino acid, or calcium lactate, which is a byproduct of the breakdown of lactose into lactic acid.
Some varieties of Gouda have a pale yellow or whitish color, while others have a deep golden or orange color. The orange color comes from adding annatto to milk before cheese is made, similar to cheeses like Cheddar and Colby. Annatto is the seed of the achiote plant and is used as a natural food coloring. When you see small holes in Gouda, it’s because cultures of lactic bacteria that produce CO2 are added to the milk. CO2 produces bubbles (gas) that create tiny holes or eyes in the cheese.
Varieties of Gouda
The main difference in Gouda’s styles is age. Young Gouda is typically softer, softer in flavor, springy to the touch, and lighter in color. A year old or more, Gouda has a deeper color, a firm, crystalline texture, and more concentrated flavors and aromas of toffee, brown butter, and toasted hazelnuts.
The longer the gouda ages, the denser the cheese becomes; Harder and denser in texture, with bold flavors that can be sharp, salty, sweet, nutty, and caramelized at the same time. The texture also changes, becoming hard, crumbly and really dense.
How to use?
Both young and old Gouda work well for certain applications. Young Gouda is ideal for slicing and melting in sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, frittatas, quiches and other baked goods.
Older Gouda, on the other hand, does not melt well as it contains lower moisture. However, because its flavor is so much stronger, stale Gouda excels in other areas, such as grating it over pasta dishes like Parmesan or Pecorino. Both styles can be used as part of a cheese board.
How to store?
Store Gouda in its original packaging in the cheese drawer or crisper to protect it from the drying air of your refrigerator. After opening, re-wrap the remaining Gouda in cheese paper. Cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
If you don’t have cheese paper, wrap the cheese tightly in a piece of parchment paper and then place it in a plastic sandwich bag. Fold the bag around the cheese but do not seal it. This retains moisture while allowing air exchange.
Young Gouda can be wrapped tightly in plastic, sealed in a zip-top bag, and frozen for up to two months. Cheese can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before use; however, its texture may be crumbly and unappetizing, so it is recommended for use in baked goods or other applications where cheese is to be melted. Old Gouda should not be frozen.
Can You Eat the Shell?
Young and old Gouda are covered with an inedible wax shell. It should be cut and discarded.
However, other varieties—like the smoked Gouda—have an edible, flavorful crust that you should definitely enjoy. It will be pretty obvious which one smoked Gouda’s crust is brownish, much thinner, and incredibly aromatic.
Environmentalists in the Netherlands demonstrated at the airport
Environmental groups in the Netherlands organized a demonstration by entering the area where private jets are parked at Eindhoven Airport to draw attention to air, noise and environmental pollution.
The demonstrators who participated in the protest organized by the environmental group “Extinction Rebellion” jumped from the fences around Eindhoven Airport and entered the area where private jets were parked.
After the Royal Netherlands Police blocked the progress of the demonstrators, the activists started a sit-in in the area they were in.
Environmentalists, who wanted to reduce the number of flights at Eindhoven Airport, called for compliance with climate targets.
The demonstrators carried banners that read: “Reduce flights”, “Our border is the earth, not the sky”, “Climate justice” and “Tax frequent flyers”.
When the group of about 200 people, surrounded by the police, did not leave the airport, the police detained the demonstrators and ended the protest.
The Royal Police said in a statement on Twitter that the number of activists detained was 104.
SUSTAINABILITY EFFECT IN THE AIRPORT’S RESPONSE
In a written statement, Eindhoven Airport CEO Roel Hellemons emphasized that the highest possible effort is being made to be more sustainable.
“We recognize the urgency of the situation and share the view that the aviation industry, like other industries, should quickly become more sustainable.” In the statement, it was stated that airline companies are encouraged to use newer and modern aircraft.
In the statement, it was noted that the number of daily flights from Eindhoven Airport, which has flights to 80 destinations, will not be increased.
Rotterdam architecture month will be celebrated with a festival as participation is free
The city of Rotterdam will host a free festival this summer on three floating barges in Maashaven in honor of Rotterdam Architecture Month.
Holland; It is known for its extensive and varied festivals celebrating everything from music, theatre, dance, flowers, art and food. The country is preparing to add a new and unique event to its festival calendar this year.
Rotterdam Architecture Month celebrates and explores the future of architecture in the city. It is thought that the festival, which is held every year in June and lasts for a month, will affect its participants this year as it does every year. Organizers announced that this year’s celebration will be a floating festival.
This year’s theme for 2023 Rotterdam Architecture Month will be the Natte Stad (“Wet City”), which focuses on the city’s surroundings. For this reason, the idea of a floating festival is considered to fit the theme.
The floating festival, which will take place in Maashaven, will consist of three large barges, each with a different theme and focus. On a barge, visitors can enjoy the greenery in a temporary park and immerse themselves in conferences, discussions, movies and other events; another barge will be reserved for urban sports such as free running and calisthenics. The barges will be linked by a footbridge, which the organizers describe will function as a “long vantage point” that “provides an unmatched view of Maashaven and the rest of the city and showcases the possibilities of the water.”
The organizers note that the location of the festival center not only bridges the gap between the various development projects being built in and around Maashaven, but also helps showcase some of the innovative solutions currently being used by the municipality, designers and architects to tackle water and climate change challenges.
Special application for the week of museums in the Netherlands
It has been announced that you can lend your museum card (Museumkaart) to anyone you want and visit museums with someone else’s museum card during the 1-7 April Museum Week.
This application was announced with the emphasis that museums are for everyone.
According to the statement, it will not be checked whether the cards shown while entering the museums during the Museum Week belong to the visitor, but all visitors will have to show the museum card at the entrance. Only one visitor will be accepted per card.
You can check the conditions on the website www.museum.nl to share your museum card or visit museums by borrowing someone else’s museum card between 1-7 April.
Bloesem Park in Amsterdam heralds spring
Cherry Blossom Park (Bloesempark), located in Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen, has turned pink thanks to the cherry blossoms that herald spring.
The largest Japanese community in the Netherlands resides in Amstelveen in the Amsterdam region, as most of the international companies are located in Amstelveen.
According to Japanese tradition, families celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami Matsuri) every spring. In this festival, a picnic is held under the cherry trees with families and friends. The festival continues during the flowering period of the trees, the festival lasts for 10-14 days as long as the weather permits.
The trees that bloom in March or April also herald the beginning of the festival. The spring festival kicked off this week, with the trees blooming in the park in Amsterdamse Bos.
The cherry trees in Amstelveen were donated by the Japanese Women’s Club (JWC) in 2000. There are female names on every tree in the park. 200 of the trees bear the names of Japanese women, and the other 200 bear the names of Dutch women.
200,000 euro reward for reporting the Netherlands’ most wanted drug smuggler
The Netherlands’ most wanted drug trafficker, Jos Leijdekkers, is suspected of being in hiding in Turkey.
The reward for those who will contribute to the capture of the gang leader, also known as “Bolle Jos”, has been increased to 200 thousand Euros.
Jos’s mother and sister, and recently his father, were detained on the charge of “providing assets with illegally collected income” and were released pending trial. A large number of precious jewels were seized during a search of the family’s homes and workplaces.
Jos, on the other hand, had left the country some time ago with some members of his gang. Jos is suspected of hiding in Turkey. Travels of family members to Turkey in the last August and December reinforce this suspicion.
Temporary lease agreements may be banned in the Netherlands
Temporary leases can be lifted for most people in the Netherlands due to a bill passed by parliament.
Since 2016, landlords have been allowed to offer one- or two-year contracts to tenants to make property rentals more attractive. This meant that tenants were repeatedly evicted after two years and had to either look for a new home or pay a very high rent increase. But a growing number of lawmakers said they were concerned that limited-term contracts would put tenants in a difficult position and exaggerate rental prices.
“In 2016, temporary contracts were offered with the thought that more rental properties would be available, but it was not thought that this would become the norm,” said Henk Nijboer, a housing spokesperson for Labor Party PvdA.
The bill, which will be discussed in parliament on Thursday evening, is expected to achieve a majority when it is put to a vote next month, despite the opposition of Mark Rutte’s party, the VVD.
Documentation supporting the members’ bill states that although residents are constitutionally entitled to affordable housing, there is a shortage of approximately 300,000 housing units in the Netherlands. A reference by Companen is also cited in these documents, which reveals that one-third of new private tenants sign short-term contracts.
The new bill will include exceptions, such as if the landlord works abroad temporarily or wants to move back home, and temporary student rooms.
Antwerp city of Belgium became the city where cocaine is used most widely in Europe
The annual wastewater analysis of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) revealed that Antwerp, Belgium, is the most widely used city of cocaine in Europe this year as well.
Researching drug use rates by analyzing European wastewater each year, the EMCDDA took samples to measure the use of cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ectasy, ketamine and cannabis in 104 cities in March and April 2022.
Accordingly, cocaine use was particularly high in cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Compared to the rates in 2021, it was found that cocaine use increased in 38 cities in 2022.
The city of Antwerp, in the Flemish region of Belgium, topped the list of cities with the highest traces of cocaine in wastewater.
Antwerp was followed by cities such as Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Tarragona in Spain, Brussels in Belgium and Zurich in Switzerland.
While the average daily amount of cocaine residues in wastewater in Antwerp was 2 thousand 381 milligrams, it was measured as 1161 in Tarragona, Spain, 1142 in Amsterdam, 985 in Brussels and 931 in Zurich.
In January, Belgium and the Netherlands seized a total of 160 tons of cocaine, approximately 110 tons in Antwerp and around 50 tons in Rotterdam, as a result of their cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking.
Cocaine seized at the port of Antwerp this year was the highest ever, after 89.5 tonnes in 2021.
Tomorrow at Eindhoven Airport, there will be actions of climate activists
People who were supposed to be at Eindhoven Airport on Saturday may be disturbed by the actions of climate activists.
As a result, it may be more difficult to reach the airport. Climate action group Extinction Rebellion’s show is expected to begin by 13:30 noon. It is planned to be on the boulevard, next to the terminal.
The airport advises passengers to prepare well for their travels and to follow the website for up-to-date flight information. Extinction Rebellion expects about five hundred performers.
A spokesperson for the group said in a statement that participants can try to enter the airport area, as they did at Schiphol Airport last November. Protesters then jumped over the fence and chained themselves to private planes. “But to be honest, I don’t think it’s very wise. This is military territory.”
The action group wants, among other things, Eindhoven Airport to stop polluting the environment, cancel unnecessary flights and give flights a fair price.
Fatboy branded electric blankets recalled in the Netherlands
NVWA announced that some of the electric blankets belonging to the Dutch firm Fatboy were overheated and were recalled on the grounds that there was a risk of ignition.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Goods Safety Authority, NVWA, has warned consumers about the Fatboy brand “Hotspot” blankets. In the NVWA warning, it was stated that the blankets were overheated and the heating mechanism inside the blankets could catch fire.
NVWA; advised that consumers who have purchased the product before should never use the blankets. The Fatboy company, on the other hand, stated that the blankets with the code numbers specified in the warning published on its website were recalled as a precaution.
In the company statement, it was stated that the heating equipment of the blankets without the lot number on them and the blankets with the lot number 20022519, 2002520 or 2002593 were recalled.
According to the company statement, consumers who have blankets with or without a printed lot number, have to remove the heating component inside the blanket and send it to the company. After this process, the purchase price will be refunded to the consumer.
You can remove the heating assembly inside the blanket as follows:
Unplug the blanket from the outlet
Open the Velcro part, disconnect the wires and remove with the red label
After disconnecting, the battery can be easily separated
Remove the black charging cable with magnetic charging point
remove the adapter
Pack the red-labeled cables, battery, charging cable, and adapter in a box or sturdy envelope and ship to Fatboy.
If you purchased the product on the website of Fatboy, fill out the form on this link.
For products purchased from other sites, fill out the form on this link.
Veiligheidswaarschuwing Fatboy Hotspot blanket. Het is mogelijk dat het verwarmingselement in de Hotspot Blanket van deze batches plaatselijk oververhit raakt en ontbrandt. Gebruik dit product niet!https://t.co/jNop7vEgnf pic.twitter.com/QssTWQ1Irk
— Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (@_NVWA) March 21, 2023
A warning was made in the Netherlands not to use it for an antifreeze brand
A brand of antifreeze used for vehicle windows during the winter months is recalled because it contains more methanol.
More excessive amounts of methanol were found in a brand of washer antifreeze used to clean car windows in the Netherlands. The company recalls its products, which are sold in 2 and 5 liter drums.
In the statement made by Power Oil, it was stated that more than normal toxic methanol was detected in Power Winter antifreezes, and the products were recalled due to this substance, which would be harmful to health.
In the company statement, it was stated that the products to be recalled were 2 and 5 liter drums with the barcode number 8717953205629.
Power Oil pointed out that there are two versions of this product with the same barcode, and emphasized that the recall only applies to cans with blue caps.
The products recalled in the statement; It was stated that from September 2022 until 7 March 2023, sales were made at gas stations in the regions of Overijssel, Gelderland, Friesland, Zuid Holland, Limburg, Groningen, Noord Holland and Zeeland.
In the company statement; A call was made that the products contain toxic methanol at a level that users may face the risk of blindness and death, and that the products should not be used.