Gouda cheese has a rich, buttery, and slightly sweet flavor. Made with whole milk, our gouda has a smooth texture. Choose from our selection of gouda - perfect for cheese boards, fondues, or a wide range of recipes.
NOTE: If your order includes cheese not under our 'Festival Cheeses' list it may take 2-3 weeks for delivery.
These cheeses are special orders coming directly from the factory in Wisconsin as they are not in stock at our Pennsylvania warehouse.
What is Gouda Cheese?
Gouda is a popular cheese, known for its rich, slightly sweet flavor and smooth texture. Gouda is commonly known for being the Dutch cheese in the red wax coating.
Where is Gouda Cheese From?
Gouda is a Dutch cheese, originated in the town of Gouda, Netherlands. The first known gouda cheese came around in the 12th century, but today gouda refers more to the cheese-making process than a specific cheese.
What Does Gouda Cheese Taste Like?
Gouda is mildly flavored, slightly sweet, and often buttery with slight nutty tones. The taste of gouda is dependent on how long it is aged. The longer gouda ages, the firmer its texture becomes and the richer, more powerful the flavor. Gouda can be aged anywhere from one month to over a year, at which point it is considered a very matured gouda.
What is Gouda Cheese Made From?
Gouda is traditionally made from pasteurized cow’s milk, but there are versions of gouda made with sheep’s or goat’s milk as well. Our Gouda is made from whole cow’s milk.
Is Gouda a Hard or Soft Cheese?
Gouda is not considered a soft cheese by the FDA’s standards, but, depending on its moisture content, it can fall into the semi-soft or hard categories. Its smooth texture often leads some to believe that gouda is a soft cheese, but because it is pressed it is not considered soft. As gouda ages, it becomes harder.
How To Eat Gouda
There are plenty of ways to eat gouda, although the most common is to simply eat it in slices, paired with other charcuterie or wine. Gouda can also be used in a wide variety of recipes.
How To Cut Gouda Cheese
To cut gouda cheese, you’ll want to remove the rind if there is one, or the wax coating that it is often stored in. Once any coverings are removed, simply cut the cheese into slices or wedges. It can also be grated for use in or on recipes.
Gouda can be used in a wide variety of recipes. It is popular in mac and cheese, paired with fall flavors like apple and butternut squash, or even just on sandwiches. Check out our favorite gouda recipes below:
Gouda Wine and Beer Pairings
Gouda is a popular addition to a cheese board, so it is often paired with wine or beer. The age of gouda may affect what it goes best with; typically, white wine pairs better with younger, sweeter goudas, while red wines pair better with an aged gouda. Both red and white wines can be paired with goudas of all ages, however, depending on the flavors.
With both wine and beer, pick a pairing that has complementary flavor. If you’re eating a robust, aged gouda, then a darker, nutty ale pairs well. For lighter, younger gouda, pick a lighter beer or slightly fruitier beer or wine.
Gouda Red Wine Pairings:
Gouda White Wine Pairings:
Gouda Beer Pairings:
Brown or amber ales
Gouda Cheese Board Pairings
If you’re using gouda as one part of a cheese board, there are certain cheeses and other charcuterie that it pairs well with. Since gouda has a lightly sweet taste, it goes well with sweet fruits like pears, apples, and peaches. Gouda also pairs nicely with a heavier, whole grain bread. Other popular pairings include ham, piquillo peppers, and salted almonds.
Does Gouda Melt?
Yes - gouda melts well. It can be melted into a grilled cheese, sprinkled over a dish to melt, or made into a fondue.
While cheese isn’t considered healthy, small portions of gouda are not detrimental to one’s health. Gouda is a great source of protein. It is a good source of vital minerals like calcium and zinc. Gouda is also high in vitamin B-12, with a good amount of vitamin B-6, vitamin A, and vitamin K as well.
Carbs in Gouda Cheese
For every 100 grams of gouda, there are typically about 2 grams of carbohydrates. Gouda is a relatively low-carb cheese.
Is Gouda Cheese Healthy?
Like most cheeses, gouda is high in fat and calories. In moderation, however, gouda is a relatively healthy cheese. It has mineral benefits and protein, so in small portions, it can be a healthy addition to a balanced diet. Compared to other cheese, gouda is one of the healthier options.