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Buying and serving goat cheese

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Goat cheese (Chevre) is not only frequently found in
America’s top restaurants, it is increasingly available from
Farmer’s Markets and chain grocery stores. Whether creamy
and mild or pungent and crumbly, goat cheese is ideal for a
wide variety of recipes. Goat cheese is an ancient food, and
compared to cow’s milk cheese, fresh goat cheese is lower in
fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more calcium and is
an excellent choice for those who are lactose intolerant.
More about this: Gourmandia.com

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Buying and serving goat cheese

  1. 1. Buying and Serving Goat CheeseGoat cheese (Chevre) is not only frequently found inAmerica’s top restaurants, it is increasingly available fromFarmer’s Markets and chain grocery stores. Whether creamyand mild or pungent and crumbly, goat cheese is ideal for awide variety of recipes. Goat cheese is an ancient food, andcompared to cow’s milk cheese, fresh goat cheese is lower infat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more calcium and isan excellent choice for those who are lactose intolerant.More about this: Gourmandia.comBuyingFresh goat cheese is moist, but doesn’t leak whey. Because it isn’t aged, it is creamy and has a milder flavor.Aged goat cheese is also available, and is hard like most cow’s milk cheeses and has a stronger flavor.StoringFresh or aged goat cheese should be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container; ideally, keep theoriginal wrappers and wrap the cheese up after every use, before placing it in the air tight container.For best flavor, remove the cheese from the refrigerator about an hour before cooking or serving.Goat cheese may also be frozen in chunks of 1 pound or less. Wrap the cheese tightly in heavy duty aluminumfoil and place it in a freezer-safe, air tight container. It will retain its texture and flavor for several months.Allow the cheese to thaw in the refrigerator for about 48 hours.Cooking and ServingWhite wine made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes pairs nicely with goat cheese, as does Chardonnay. Young redwines are also a good choice, especially Malbec, Zinfandel, or Pinot Noir.Fresh goat cheese is excellent spread on toast, bread, or crackers, and may be used in place of cream cheesein many dishes. Crumbly goat cheese is ideal for serving atop salads. Any type of goat cheese is also a goodchoice for pasta dishes or pizzas.For more ideas, see Gourmandia’s Methods of Preparing Meat

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