Raw Milk Farmers Cheese from Holland or Boorenkaas

Raw Cow Milk Farmer Cheese Boorenkaas - A yellow waxed cheese which is aged for a minimum of 3 months, up to 3 years. When aged for more than 2 1/2 years, Boorenkaas has a firm, dry and crumbly texture. Because is is made from raw milk, this cheese has a naturally tangy flavor and much more character than factory-made Gouda. The color and flavor very slightly from wheel to wheel because the cheeses are made on different farms, each with their unique style of cheese making and kinds of soil on which the cows graze. Aging gives the cheese a rich, mellow quality and flavorful little salt crystals in the cheese body. Boorenkaas is made only from May to October when the herd is out in the field eating fresh grass. Delicious as young, fresh cheese, the flavor deepens and mellows with age.
Milk Source:
Cow
Type:
Semi-Hard
Fat Content:
40-48%


All Cheese Considered: Boorenkaas
Publication: Gourmet Retailer Date: Saturday, June 1 2002

The importance of cheese to the economy of the Netherlands cannot be overstated. Holland was not only the first country to export cheese, they are still the world's largest cheese exporter, The importance of cheese to the economy of the Netherlands cannot be overstated. Holland was not only the first country to export cheese, they are still the world's largest cheese exporter, sending their products to every corner of the globe, often over the same routes upon which they first brought tea .

The two most famous Dutch cheeses, Gouda and Edam, are named for the towns in which they were first traded, and indeed, many of the great cheese-weighing houses of the 17th and 18th centuries, or kaaswaag, are still in use today. While most of the current cheese production in Holland is highly mechanized, turning out tons of good, consistent, although unexciting examples of these once very distinctive cheeses, there remains a tradition of farmhouse cheeses, made by hand on small family farms from the unpasteurized milk of the farmers' own herds. Boorenkaas, or "farmer's cheese," is essentially a traditionally made, raw-milk Gouda, whose flavor harks back to centuries past. Made in wheels weighing anywhere from 10 to 200 pounds, Boorenkaas is aged for a minimum of three months, and can be aged further for up to three years. At that point, it takes on a Parmesan-like character with endless depth of flavor. Aged Boorenkaas has a sweet, nutty flavor and a distinctive tang that results from the use of raw milk. Boorenkaas is made only from May to October, when the cows are allowed to graze in the lush green fields that are further enhanced by low-lying peat bogs. When young, Boorenkaas is an excellent slicing and melting cheese, and is great for snacking. The more mature the cheese, the more pronounced the flavor, and when fully aged, it becomes a perfect grating cheese.

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