This nine-month, raw milk gouda is quickly becoming one of our favorites here at igourmet.com! Expert, Licensed cheesemaker, Marieke Penterman and her team, handcraft traditional Dutch Goudas using the time-tested, Old World, cheesemaking methods Marieke brought with her when she emigrated from the Netherlands. Marieke transforms farmstead-fresh, raw, cow’s milk from her family farm into award-winning cheese, which is then carefully cured on imported Dutch pine planks in temperature and humidity-controlled aging cellars. This aged gouda has a nutty flavor and slightly crystalized texture with deep, nuanced flavors. Enjoy Marieke Aged Gouda with dark chocolate, fresh bread, honey, merlot, or a pint of stout beer.
Rolf and Marieke Penterman are first generation Wisconsin dairy farmers having moved from the Netherlands to Wisconsin in 2002. Marieke Gouda is their signature cheese made with an authentic Old World Gouda recipe. The equipment, cultures, herbs and spices are all imported from Holland. The rBGH free cows milk couldn’t be fresher being piped directly from the first milking of the day directly into the processing vat. The curd is hand packed into 18 pound forms before going under the press. It is then brined for 60 hours. The wheels are then transferred to the special curing room and aged on Dutch pine planks which absorb the liquid as the cheese ages. For the first 14 days the cheese is turned (flipped over) daily to ensure that the butterfat is evenly distributed throughout the cheese. The wooden planks are also cleaned daily and turned to prevent molds. During this time the breathable coating is hand painted on the cheese. After the initial daily turning is complete the cheese is turned twice weekly for as long as it is in our facility. This multiple award winning cheese is a must-try for anyone interested in American Artisan cheeses.
- Awards 2013 - US Cheese Championship.
- 2012 - World Cheese Championship.
- 2012 - American Cheese Society Annual Cheese Competition held in Raleigh NC.
- 2010 - American Cheese Society.
- Made from unpasteurized cow's milk.
- Photo depicts whole 18 lb. form of cheese.
- We cut and wrap this item by hand.