Holland is the iconic home of windmills, tulip booms, and Trader Joe’s 1,000 Day Gouda Cheese. It was here that we found the veteran cheese makers who hold the secret to ideal affinage – the art of caring for aging cheese – necessary for aging Gouda for such a prolonged period of time. During the maturation process, the cheese loses close to a quarter of its original weight, as its moisture content slowly but surely evaporates, condensing its naturally salty, caramel-y, and supremely savory flavor profile, without drying out completely. It’s an intricate balance, and one that produces an unbelievably flavorful cheese.


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Shyla Schofield

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3 months ago

A great snacking cheese - doesn’t need pairings but would be right at home on a cheese plate. Calcium crystals!! We love to see it. Salty like a cheddar but still nutty and a little sweet.

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