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Nov 25, 2012 08:10 AM

Fake aged gouda cheese?

I had a friend over who brought some 3 year aged gouda, or that's what the lady who sold it to him said. It was creamy and lacked the nutty sweetness, the crunchy crystals and the hardness of aged gouda that I have had in the past. Is it possible that people falsely state that it's gouda or is there a creamy version of gouda that I am unfamiliar with?

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  1. Dutch cheese aged so long is rarely available where I am, so I may not be the best judge. But surely it is less likely that there's a cheese that doesnt conform to how you expect it to be, than the retailer misrepresented it (either by accident or design).

    Assuming that the misrepresentation was by design, then it wasnt a very good fake, was it? Seeminlgly totally unlike what someone would expect it to in both taste and texture.

    1. There are a lot of variables here- 1) The counter person was wrong (was this a cheese shop or a grocery counter?) 2) your friend mis-heard or mis-understood, and was being described a different cheese that the one purchased 3) There are many makers of Gouda, when young it is soft and creamy, older cheeses lose moisture and develop the tyrosine crystals. Some makers age their cheeses in a more humid environment, which retains moisture and retards that crystal formation to some degree. 4) the cheese was frozen for a time, then thawed and called "aged". This does happen.

      But my bet is on option 1- the clerk was incorrect.