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Dec 26, 2007 03:19 PM

Goat cheese haters?

Hi everyone, first time poster. I was just curious about how many members find goat cheese (or maybe another food) completely, extremely, ridiculously horrible.

I am a big fan of all kinds of food and cheeses. I made a mistake of assuming all cheese is heavenly and I have sampled goat cheese two times in my life. Both times, I was overwhelmed by disgust, if I didn't know better I would swear it is poison - I am not exaggerating! I can't even swallow it and couldn't even explain how I think it tastes because it was like overwhelming bitterness until I spit it out (the aftertaste was almost as horrible, for 5-10 minutes). I found this very very odd, as I said before I am not a picky eater at all. It was so bad, and not a normal "I don't like that food" reaction that I wonder if this happens to anyone else. I have heard about a gene that makes some people feel this way about cilantro (a genetic thing), except they can tell it tastes like soap. I was just curious, thanks for reading!

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  1. I too loathe Goat Cheese...always have and I have even been a cheese buyer for a retail store, I can order it for others but I can't eat it! To me the taste is wicked tinny and metalic and I find it takes forever to rid my palate of it. I eat almost anything so it drives my foodie friends crazy and they even try to slip it in to dishes but I can taste it every time. I indulge them when they insist that I try different ones but I just do not like it.

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    1. re: bubbles4me

      Put me down as another one who hates both cilantro and goat cheese - with a passion. Cilantro tasted like soap, and I don't like goat cheese's sour/tangy taste.

      I do like one sheep's milk cheese - istara.

      1. re: notmartha

        hear hear - goat cheese, cilantro, and ginger

        1. re: Emme

          I about fell out when I read this. I, too, hate goat cheese, cilantro, and ginger. I will add another layer by adding the tastes (not consistencies) of cucumbers and eggplant. I'm a vegetarian so woe:). I really, really hate cilantro, goat cheese, and ginger though:)

          1. re: Julielank

            I could have written above posts. All except I'm not vegetarian.

        2. re: notmartha

          Notmartha, l am afraid our burgeoning relationship has been derailed already, darn

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Oh, Deluca....(waves 1-1/2 packages of GORGEOUS fresh Cabecou I bought from a Perigord cremerie at the Salon last week)

            (only 1-1/2 packages, because the first 1-1/2 packages were warmed lightly in walnut oil before being slipped onto a bed of frisee and sliced fennel, then anointed with a walnut oil vinaigrette)

              1. re: notmartha

                Wow. So I hate goat cheese, mostly because I have a pet goat and the smell, well it is male goat PEE that smells like that. They pee on themselves and on their heads and it permeates everything. That is EXACTLY what the cheese smells of (and tastes of). My goat is neutered so he does not have this repulsive odor.
                I also despise cilantro. At least this year. Last year I was ok with it until I got overwhelmed with stink bug. I did some research and guess what? That vile little bug shares some enzyme with cilantro, so there is no way I can even get it near my mouth. I ripped it all out of my garden in great disgust. That goes for coriander, which is what it turns into when it grows up.
                Ginger, alas, I do love ginger but I am Australian and cannot help it. I like ginger beer (no alcohol though it sounds like it has) and crystalized ginger (Aussies love sweets).
                Thanks for providing me a great laugh.

              2. re: bubbles4me

                I have yet to taste a goat cheese that didn't make me think that I was standing downwind of a wet, dirty goat.

                1. re: cavandre

                  Mmmm. This is why some of us are willing to pay a premium price for chevre.

                  1. re: cavandre

                    This. I don't dig the barnyard taste, except in very tiny doses in salad, roasted veg, egg, or pizza. (Regarding chevre, other goat cheeses are passable) Funny, I adore sheep cheese.

                2. Are you talking about the fresh cheese, or one of the more mature types?


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                  1. re: paulj

                    I've had everything from fresh, to Humboldt Fog to Applewood smoked and it is still a no go for my palate.

                      1. re: pikawicca

                        Yup it is gpoat think that is the only milk they use. They do make a sheep's milk one called Lamb Chopper but the rest is goat.

                        1. re: bubbles4me

                          Lamb Chopper is one of my favorites...
                          I love every type of sheeps milk cheese but I can easily say that I detest 85% of the goat cheese I have tasted...hmmm, odd.
                          I have no idea why, just not a fan of the goat.

                  2. Better not open my fridge.. I've just been discovering the greatness that is goat yogurt, goat cream, goat milk.. wonderful.

                    1. Thats interesting that you brought up cilantro as a food item that some people may be genetically predisposed to hating. My sister gags every time cilantro/parsley is in food, whether or not she actually tastes it. She only needs to smell it, and says she feels like throwing up. I've doubted her in the past and thought she was being over dramatic, but I've come to believe her that she may actually be allergic to it. Its very unfortunate you get that reaction from goat cheese, because I think its heavenly. In fact, I just discovered goat yogurt and while milder in taste, is also wonderful. I had some for breakfast this morning.

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                      1. re: avena

                        Are you my sister because I, too, gag every time I smell/taste cilantro. I thought I was the only one with such a noxious reaction, but I'm glad to hear others have the same issue. I've never heard anything about it being an actual genetic thing (and I'm a geneticist--although it is a big field), I've always thought it was because I ate cilantro soup twice a day for 6 weeks while in Ecuador and suffered a bad case of food poisoning. I might have to look into that!

                        As for goat cheese, I'm not particularly crazy about it. I find it to be very acidic. I've only had it on crackers or bread. I'm certainly not opposed to it--I keep thinking I'll develop an appreciation for it.

                        1. re: pollymerase

                          I thought I'd heard that the cilantro thing was biologically/probably genetically based, like the PTC test you give kids in intro bio, using the PTC (phenylthiocarbamide?) strips to see who's a taster/nontaster for its bitter taste. I'll have to look it up.

                          PS Also an (anthropological) geneticist here, pollymerase, and I love your handle.

                        2. re: avena

                          That is NOT what an allergy is. She has an intense dislike. If she eats in and then breaks into hives, or goes into anaphylactic shock, then yes she has an allergy.

                          1. re: christy319

                            I have heard that nausea with food items can signal an allergy in many cases.

                        3. My husband feels the same way you do about goat cheese, and no matter how I use it or what kind I use, he just can't stand it. I of course love goat cheese, so I often make goat cheese dishes just for myself or find recipes where I can add the goat cheese for me but not for him.

                          Avena: I learned from a chef friend recently that the reaction some people have to cilantro is actually caused by an enzyme that something like 25% of our population has. My mom is one of those people and she can't even smell a dish that has cilantro in it without being repulsed. She says it tastes like dirty socks.