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?
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.
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").
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.
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?
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.
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
-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