Sunday, May 23, 2010

Finished Homemade Goat Gouda

In honor of Tristan's graduation, we broke out our smoked gouda to share with family and friends. Previously, our hard cheeses have been tasty but not particularly reminiscent of whatever they were intended to be. This gouda was the most complicated cheese we've attempted. Cheesemakers at the Farmer's Market told us that they made many, many attempts at gouda before getting it right. On top of that, this gouda started out as an accident. Needless to say, I didn't really have high hopes for it.

Boy, was I wrong! This cheese tastes and feels exactly like a smoked gouda. It has a little more bite as it's a goat cheese, but wow. It's pretty good. The cheese is smooth and creamy, but firm, with a really great smoky flavor. We went through about half the wheel yesterday.

If you want to get into cheese making yourself,  I highly recommend you pick up a copy of  Home Cheese Making: By Ricki Carroll. We use it for all our hard cheeses.

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