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Aug 16, 2010 06:17 AM

Goat cheese

Can anyone recommend the best place to buy goat cheese. Any ideas on which type to buy? is the soft usually tastier than the harder one?

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  1. it all depends on each individual taste.

    I like the different cheeses from "Chèvrerie du Buckland" at Jean-Talon Market.

    They have 3 types available (or 2 if you go later in the day), a fromage frais, a "crotin" like and a tome; get all of them and decide.

    Jean-Talon Market
    7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Is there any place at JTM that lets you taste their cheeses ?

        1. re: souschef

          Yes, if you go to Hamel when it's not busy (ie. NOT a Saturday), then they'll let you taste cheeses. Of course, this doesn't apply to the small cheeses where you'd buy a whole one. However, any larger wheel where they are cutting pieces off, they will let you have a taste.

      2. Yikes, Goat cheese is very common actually. You can find it in almost every variation that you would find normal cheese in. Brie, crotin, cheddar, feta....

        A lot of grocery stores have some, but for a vaster selection try Jean-Talon Market or Atwater Market, both house excellent cheese shops. Even Costco has a decent selection.

        Jean-Talon Market
        7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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        1. re: SourberryLily

          Thanks for the Costco suggestion, I go there frequently I'll have to check out the cheese section next time I go.

          1. re: yeggy

            Costco has big logs of the fresh, mild goat cheese often referred to as "chèvre" in English at a very good price.

            1. re: lagatta

              Yes, they have the spreadable logs of soft cheese. Also have brie made with goat cheese, i think from Alexis de Portneuf. I didn't buy it last time but oh did i want it~

        2. The harder cheeses are generally saltier as they are older. I like to get goat gouda and sometimes goat cheddar is nice. There are some goat bries that are really good. The best prices for those are at Marché Adonis or Siegel's on St-Laurent. Costco should also have good prices for goat gouda.

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          1. re: Plateaumaman

            I buy my goat cheese from IGA. I get Les Médaillons, made by Tournevent. It is soft unripened goat cheese cut into little circles, for about $3.99. To me it is absolutely yummy. Almost all soft unripened goat cheeses are the same in texture and taste, to me. Provigo has some too, made by President's Choice. It is delicious plain, crumbled on pizza or my favourite: with smoked salmon, capers on a toasted bagel!

            Woolwich Dairy makes a nice goat mozzarella or cheddar. La Grande Famille makes a nice aged cheddar, Chèvre Noir. These I all find at IGA.

            There are some goat cheese with a cardboard-like outer crust and a gooey filling.
            There are ones that have black on the outside, it looks like charcoal smudges or something.
            I've tried them and don't like the texture.

            My family comes from Ontario and loves to visit the grocery store to see the differences in food, like having 3 islands dedicated especially to cheese so I think Montreal is a good place to start your cheese adventures.

            1. re: phosphorosiroxy

              Les Médaillons are expensive, if you look at the weight, and they aren't cured "crottins de chèvre" just unripened goat.

              President's Choice (Loblaws, Provigo, Maxi) has the 300g logs of unripened goat cheese on sale for $6 for the holiday season; not bad. Costco may be cheaper for members.

              There are many, many types of goat-milk based cheese.

          2. I've recently tried two cheeses from the Ferme Tourilli: the Cap-Rond and Bastidou.
            They were purchased at Marché Jean-Talon near 'La dépense' near the eastern part of the new annex
            I preferred the Cap-Rond-a soft-ripend goat cheese with a natual mould rind (think Selles-sur-Cher) it was not to old, had nice 'Zing' and a nice texture.
            It is a small cheese (150g) so its worth the try. A few friends, a bottle of something white from the Loire Valley (chenin blanc or mature sauvignon blanc), some bread...and then there were none. The younger, softer cheeses are milder, a little more acidic, and less salty; the older, ripend, and harder goat cheeses are saltier, whith a more prounounced taste and a different flavor profile. It's great to try a variety from fresh to aged and Québec to European.
            If you are at Jean-Talon market, try the three cheese stores there. Hamel, Qui lait cru, Marché des Saveurs. Go in with an open mind and trust your cheese seller.....and alway go early in the day- the vendors can't help you with a ton of people waiting in line.
            Good luck p.s try the artisan raw milk cheeses-its worth the few extra dollars- and encourages producers.

            1. Roubanne Bleu in Mercier Quebec makes some wonderful goat cheeses and if you are out there it is well worth a trip. They set up stands at JTM and are a feature at the farmer's market in front of the church Thursday evenings corner Esplanade and Blvd St Joseph. The farmer's Market has some superb produce, jams, jellies duck eggs and meats are superb.

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