7 Most Popular Cheeses In The World
“You gleefully add me to your pizzas and pastas. You mix me in desserts and also in your main course. You sometimes also use me as a salad dressing or in popcorn. I am creamy, tasty and tempting. I melt in your mouth and make you swoon in delight. Who am I? Come on guess guess. Yes you got that right. Cheese! Can you live without me? I doubt. I am one of the best preparations of milk.” Having read that, let us check out the various kinds of cheese that are popular in different countries.
1. Gouda Cheese
Gouda cheese is the yellow-orange colored cheese that is prepared from whole or part-skimmed cow's milk. It also has a red or yellow paraffin wax-like coating around it. Gouda cheese has got a very unique nut-like taste. High on fat, the texture of this cheese can vary from semi-soft to firm. The shape is in the form of a bell with a flat top and bottom. Gouda cheese has got its name from the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. This is from where this cheese originated. Today, Gouda cheese is prepared and sold all round the world.
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2. Cottage Cheese
Also known as paneer in India, cottage cheese is most of the times prepared at home. The preparation makes use of cow's skimmed milk, curd and cream. The history of cottage cheese can be traced back into the U.S. But currently it is prepared in almost every country. Cottage cheese can be eaten by itself, mixed with fruits or eaten with bread. It is an inseparable ingredient for homemade lasagna, jello salad and a variety of desserts.
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3. Swiss Cheese
Just as the name suggests, Swiss cheese is originated from Switzerland. Swiss cheese is the most attractive and delicious looking cheese I have ever seen. With holes all over them, Swiss cheeses are very distinctive in their appearance. The holes are known as the eyes of the cheese. So Swiss cheese without holes is called 'blind'. It has a sweet nut-like flavor. Apparently the larger the holes are, the better is the taste. Baby Swiss and Lacy Swiss are the two types of popular Swiss cheeses found in the U.S.
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4. Feta Cheese
Feta cheese, also known as salty cheese, is one of the oldest cheese ever. It is traditionally made in the country of Greece. It is prepared using sheep, buffalo and cow's milk together or separately. The milk is immersed in salt and cured in a brine solution for a couple of months. Once it is taken out from the brine, it dries out completely. As far as the appearance is concerned, feta cheese appears grainy and is cut into blocks. It is used mostly is salads, pastries and other dessert recipes.
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5. Blue Cheese
Another name for Blue cheese is Bleu cheese. It can be prepared from cow, sheep or goat milk. So where do the blue streaks come from? They are caused due to the mold. Sometimes the cheese is injected with the mold. At other times, the mold is present in the curd that is used to prepare the cheese, in order to ensure even distribution. The flavor of blue cheese is very strong and has got a tangy taste to it.
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6. Mozzarella Cheese
Mozzarella cheese, also called Italian cheese, has been basically invented in Italy. It is white in color and has a semi-soft to hard texture. It can be prepared using whole or partly skimmed water buffalo milk or cow's milk. It is prepared by first spinning and later slicing it into pieces. Mozzarella cheese is generally used for pizza toppings and also for pasta and lasagna. Generally this type of cheese is available in shredded, sliced or round shapes.
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7. Cheddar Cheese
Of all the different varieties of cheese, cheddar is the most popular and the most widely copied cheese ever. It has got its name from the English village of Cheddar in Somerset. When you talk about the appearance, Cheddar cheese is can be yellow to off-white in color. It has also got a firm texture. It's characterised by a sharp and deep taste. There are several types of Cheddar cheeses available depending on the preparation and the added flavors. Some of them are Cheshire, Vintage and Double Gloucester.
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So you see there is a range of cheeses you can pick from depending on your preference. Time to go about exploring and trying them out.