Old Amsterdam Dutch Cheese is a premium aged gouda cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a firm texture, deep colour, and smooth, rich and robust flavour. Gouda cheese, in general, is named after the town of Gouda, located in the South Holland province of The Netherlands. Gouda has been a centre of trade for farmers and cheesemakers for centuries. Compared to other aged goudas, Old Amsterdam is not dry, crumbly, or salty. In conclusion, it has a smooth texture, which makes it soft in the mouth, and easy to cut or slice.
Old Amsterdam Dutch Gouda Cheese is a gourmet cheese that is ripened to perfection and regularly checked for flavour. It is a gourmet Gouda cheese of exceptionally high and consistent quality, with a buttery mature aged flavour that cuts with ease.
Old Amsterdam is made from a secret family recipe which provides its complex flavour profile, often described with terms such as “butterscotch/caramel” and “bouillon.” You can try Gouda with an assortment of bread or crackers. It is an excellent sandwich base. Consider grating up some Gouda and melt it to use in your recipes.
Try replacing your normal cheese with Gouda in a macaroni and cheese dish, or add it to baked potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Gouda works well in place of the cheddar. Best of all. Slice up some Gouda, and add it to a serving tray with some crackers and fruit to serve as an appetizer or snack. For a change, try serving Gouda cheese with a variety of fresh fruits, such as strawberries, grapes, melon or apple slices.
Old Amsterdam Gouda Cheese Production
Aged gouda, a washed-curd cheese, is always made from standardized milk. It has a minimum butterfat content of 48% (Edam cheese, a close relative, has a butterfat content of 40%). Old Amsterdam is made from cow’s milk, with the addition of rennet and cheese culture. After years of experimentation, dedication, and collaboration with well-established dairy producers, the Westland family found the specific cheese culture that gives Old Amsterdam its specific smooth, rich, and robust taste while visiting Italian farmers.
Old Amsterdam’s unique ripening process consists of three stages. Each stage has with its own conditions, similar to the traditional warehouse process. Old Amsterdam is released to market when it has reached the perfect taste – never before. Traditionally, Old Amsterdam is ripened on wooden shelves to form its typical semi-hard structure, with deep caramel colour. The body of the cheese may contain tiny holes, called “eyes.” In addition, crunchy white protein (or ‘ripening’) crystals appear during the ripening process.
We use taste and quality to determine when Old Amsterdam is perfectly ripened. On average this takes approximately 8 months. Therefore the decision to hold or release a particular batch of Old Amsterdam rests only with our master cheesemakers.