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Favorite Feta cheese?

fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2013 10:22 AM

I have only had regular grocery store brand plastic-wrapped feta cheese - either Athenos or Presidente. I admit that they are fairly OK, but I'd like to branch out into the real stuff. I was recommended a Greek Chevrite last week which I didn't much care for. It was too tangy and didn't really have much flavor from what my palette could tell although the cool, creaminess was nice but not enough for me to want to use it and I think it's flavor would be lost in anything I'd try to pair it with other than crackers or something in that arena. Do you have a favorite Feta cheese?

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  1. carolinadawg RE: fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2013 10:24 AM

    Do you have any middle eastern or greek markets near you? Many times they will make their own, or carry some small batch feta that is excellent.

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      fldhkybnva RE: carolinadawg Mar 15, 2013 10:26 AM

      The last cheese I bought was at Whole Foods where they seem to have a nice selection in brine. There are quite a few Greek restaurants around so perhaps I could speak with them but no Middle Eastern or Greek markets nearby that I am familiar with off hand.

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        Fowler RE: carolinadawg Mar 21, 2013 09:27 AM

        Excellent advice, carolinadawg. The Greek market I go to sells their in-house made Feta as well as Feta imported from Greece, France and Eastern Europe. All are night and day different and better compared to the average grocery store "Feta".

        The kind of milk used in production is important as well as the time of year the cheese was made.

      2. Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2013 10:33 AM

        I've been buying cheese - including Feta - from "igourmet" for a number of years now & have yet to be disappointed. While they also offer a Bulgarian Feta, I haven't tried that one yet; this is the one I normally purchase & have reviewed on their site (under "Breezy").


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          Phoebe RE: Bacardi1 Mar 16, 2013 10:51 AM

          I recently purchased some of Igourmet's barrel-aged Feta too and really enjoyed it. Far different from the grocery store type I was used to. Not overpowered by the flavor of salt. Nice tang and great texture. Worth the extra $$$.

          I've also tried the feta that Pen Mac makes themselves. While it's good, just not as good as Igourmet's.

        2. scubadoo97 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2013 05:58 PM

          My personal fav is Valbreso French feta

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            EmBrooks RE: scubadoo97 Mar 21, 2013 05:56 AM

            +1 on this - it is the only one I buy anymore.

          2. Ruth Lafler RE: fldhkybnva Mar 16, 2013 11:38 AM

            Why don't you nominate Feta for COTM?

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              fldhkybnva RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 16, 2013 01:11 PM

              I didn't know that was a thing but perhaps I will :)

            2. fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Mar 20, 2013 01:21 PM

              So I went to a dedicated cheesemonger vs my usual Whole Foods cheese section and purchased a lovely feta but I still don't get too much in terms of taste from it. Perhaps it could be that I'm expecting too much from feta and that it's a very mild cheese renowned for it's subtle tang and creaminess?

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                cheesemonger RE: fldhkybnva Mar 20, 2013 10:51 PM


                I'm going to be a cheese geek chiming in.....

                Feta cheese is great, and it's made from all kinds of milks, but in my opinion, the best is made from sheep's milk. (geek note: in europe, it must now be made with sheeps milk to be called feta) The Athenos and President brand are both american cow's milk cheeses, and while still have the briny aspect, the lack the depth that attracts me to feta.

                So..... scubadoo mentioned the Valbreso feta, and that's one of my favorites that's pretty available at stores like whole foods. Bulgarian sheep feta is a bit harder to find, but delicious.

                Without belaboring the point, look at what kind of milk is used, and see if you try something other that cow's milk feta.

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                  lastZZ RE: fldhkybnva Mar 20, 2013 11:14 PM

                  Bulgarian feta. I bought some recently at a Middle East market owned by a Jordanian here in USA. Hard to find unless you get to a real Greek or Middle East store. In Boston area you will find it at Arax Market in Watertown

                  1. byrd RE: fldhkybnva Mar 21, 2013 11:14 AM

                    good article:
                    -so called feta made from cow's milk is not feta
                    -Valbreso => creamy and mild
                    -Bulgarian => salty
                    -Dodoni => the best commercially available brand
                    -Arahova => if you have access to a Mediterranean market
                    this barrel (now it's plastic) feta is the standard bearer

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                      grayelf RE: byrd Mar 23, 2013 10:21 PM

                      Love dodonis, which is a sheeps' milk feta and therefore milder, creamier and less salty than many goat or cow milk ones. Always buy it in bulk from our local Mediterranean grocer, The Parthenon.

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