Smoked Marieke Gouda (1 lb.)
Our smoked Gouda is a smooth, creamy cheese with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor that becomes more complex as it ages. Medium Young: 2-4 months.
Marieke is our 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.