Biting into a delicious, tasty, rich piece of cheese or throwing your favorite grated cheese onto a succulent pizza; or crumbling feta into the most beautiful salad that you have ever seen. Cheeses come in many different shapes and sizes tastes and textures; and, let's be honest, it feels like there is just not enough time to taste all of them, even though we really, really want to, because cheese is life!
There are thousands of varieties of cheese, ranging from mild to mature in flavor and low- to high-fat in composition. It can also be made from the milk of many different animals like cows, goats, sheep etc.
Different Types of cheeses include:
Whole-milk cheese contains between 6 and 10 grams (g) of fat per 1-ounce (28 g), serving. Of this, 4 g to 6 g is saturated fat.
Low-fat or reduced-fat cheese is made with 2 percent milk. Non-fat cheese is made with 0 percent or skim milk.
Fresh cheeses are cheeses that have not been aged, or matured. They usually have a higher moisture content, softer texture, and milder taste than aged cheeses. Examples include cream cheese and cottage cheese.
Aged or mature cheeses are firmer in texture and tend to be aged for 6 months or longer. The longer the aging process, the more concentrated or sharp the flavor. Cheddar is an example of an aged cheese.
Processed cheese, such as cheese spread and "cheese flavored" products cannot be categorized as cheese, and the label must reflect this. These are shelf-stable products containing added ingredients such as flavor enhancers and emulsifiers.
Non-dairy cheeses, such as soy cheese are suitable for people who do not consume dairy products, but they are highly processed.
Here at The Gourmet Greek we specialize in artisan cheeses. So lets dig in to the different types of cheeses that we have to offer!
1. Our White Mold Cheese Range
Brie, Chie and Camembert all rich, creamy and full of flavour!
Brie is rich and creamy with a delicious subtle nutty and earthy flavour. Brie continues to ripen from the outside inwards and as the flavor develops the texture becomes softer and creamier.
Chie is a beautiful cheese, all the depth and flavor of brie with a slightly sweeter rind. It quickly proved to be popular with Chefs due to its colour and flavour. Our Chie also won gold in the 2018 Dairy championship.
Camembert is creamy with a ripe and earthy finish. Camembert continues to ripen from the outside inwards and, like our Brie, the texture becomes softer and creamier as the flavour develops.
2. Our Hard Cheese Range
Pecorino, Black Gold Truffle, Cheddar, Gouda and Village Cheese. Firm favorites that are to die for!
Black Gold. Parmesan textured full fat hard cheese, infused with garlic and coated in Black Pepper. It has a strong flavour that goes a long way and that is perfect for your favourite pasta dish!
Mature Gouda, not only one flavour but full of different flavours as it is available in regular, cumin seeds or mustard seeds. It has a rich, creamy flavor and smooth texture and is a semi-hard cheese that is matured for 6 months.
Our Mature Cheddar, matured for 8 months, it is a firm bodied cheese, slightly silky against the tongue. It is rich and full with a refreshing zing of acidity.
Village Cheese, our very own creation that is matured for 8 months with a natural rind. It has a simple, creamy taste with a smooth finish.
Last but not least under our hard cheese range is our Pecorino Cheese. It is a fresher variety (“fresco”), softer and creamier than a typical pecorino. Matured for 8 months it is a firm cheese with a bite!
3. Our Cream Cheese Range
Our Cream Cheese has proved to be popular with Chefs as it has a mild, fresh-tasting, sweet and yet pleasing slight tang.
Our Boursin Type is a textured flavoured cream cheese with herbs and spices made to a boursin style recipe. It is smooth and creamy yet slightly crumbly, silky but kind of dry. It is also available in Chilli and Garlic, Mixed Herb and Garlic, and Black Pepper.
4. Our Cypriot Halloumi
A Cypriot, pre-cooked, firm, slightly springy white cheese. Our halloumi range is a definite favourite among vegetarians. You can fry it, grill it or braai it! We offer a few different flavours such as plain, mint, chili and garlic.
5. Our Traditional Greek Feta Cheese
Feta, the most famous of Greek cheeses, has a smooth and creamy texture, it is slightly salty with aromas of butter and yoghurt. We offer plain Feta, Feta with Mixed Herbs and Feta with Black Pepper!
BOTTOM LINE IS there are so many different types of cheeses with so many different flavours, textures, shapes and sizes, but all of them are delicious and beautiful in their own way. Here at the Gourmet Greek we go the extra mile to satisfy our clients. We handcraft all our cheeses, making it more flavoured and rich, giving you the best experience that cheese has to offer!