Gouda Gracious Me! Top Quality Dutch Cheese + Reader Giveaway (Closed)

Dutch cheese Gouda has a bit of an image problem in the UK, often dismissed as a somewhat boring cheese. This is no doubt because our opinions are based on the young mass-produced Gouda which has most commonly been available here in the UK in recent decades.

But, like many cheese, the best Gouda is absolutely terrific!

Kaashandel Peters aka the goudacheeseshop.com is a family business based in Harderwijk, about 40 miles East of Amsterdam. They specialise in selling high quality Dutch cheeses to both consumers and catering customers and since the launch of their web shop in 2009, have also been able to sell cheese to customers across Europe. The cheeses are cut into segments and vacuum-packed, making them suitable to store for at least 6 weeks, which means delivery to the UK is perfectly feasible.

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The Best Three is a selection of Kaashandel Peters’ top three Gouda cheeses, 500 grams of each and sells for €23.50 (plus shipping).

The three cheeses from left to right in both images above are Boeren Belegen – Stolwijker Kaas (farmhouse 6-month matured gouda from the Stolwijker region), Belegen Goudse Kaas (gouda matured for 16-18 weeks) and Oude Peter Goudse Kaas – Extra Kwaliteit (high quality gouda matured for 14 months)

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REVIEW

Boeren Belegen – Stolwijker Kaas

  • The Dutch term Boerenkaas translates as Farmer’s cheese and is a protected designation that can only be produced by Dutch farms to a traditional recipe. This cheese is made from fresh rather than pasteurised milk and is matured for about six months.
  • This was not disimilar in flavour to the Belegen Goudse Kaas (below) and had the same rich and creamy texture, but the flavour had a wonderful nuttiness too, and was significantly stronger. This reminded me of a good quality mature cheddar.

Belegen Goudse Kaas

  • This gouda has been matured for 16-18 weeks, less than the other two cheeses, but more than the youngest gouda available.
  • As you would expect, we found this the mildest of the three, a less complex flavour but still rich, creamy and with good flavour. It had a hint of sweetness and a little grassiness too.

Oude Peter Goudse Kaas – Extra Kwaliteit

  • This is a particularly high quality gouda that has been matured for 14 months.
  • Unsurprisingly, this was the strongest of the three cheeses with a pronounced (and gorgeous) nutty flavour, some crystaline salt texture but still a lot of creaminess in the mouth. A truly superb cheese and one that I’d happily choose for a special occasion cheese board.

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GIVEAWAY

It’s my pleasure to join  with Kaashandel Peters in giving away three sets of the above three cheeses to readers of Kavey Eats! Delivery to any address within the EU is included.

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter the giveaway in 2 ways – entering both ways gives you double the chance of winning:

Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment telling me about your favourite hard cheese – what’s it called and where is it from?

Entry 2 – Twitter
Follow @Kavey on Twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter! Then tweet the exact sentence (shown in italics) below.
I’d love to win three gorgeous Gouda cheeses from @goudsekaasshop and Kavey Eats! http://bit.ly/KaveyEatsGouda #KaveyEatsGouda
(Do not add my twitter handle into the tweet; I track twitter entries using the competition hash tag. And please don’t leave a blog comment about your tweet either, thanks!)

RULES & DETAILS

  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 24th April 2015.
  • The 3 winners will be selected from all valid entries (across blog and twitter) using a random number generator.
  • Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Kavey Eats accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
  • The prize is Kaashandel Peters’ The Best Three selection, including the three cheeses listed. Delivery to any address within the EU is included.
  • The prizes cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
  • The prizes are offered and provided by Kaashandel Peters.
  • One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. You may enter both ways but you do not have to do so for each individual entry to be valid.
  • For Twitter entries, winners must be following @Kavey at the time of notification. Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
  • The winners will be notified by email or via Twitter so please make sure you check your accounts for the notification message. If no response is received from a winner within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

Kavey Eats received samples cheeses from Kaashandel Peters and was reimbursed for my time. All opinions my own, as always.

The winners for this competition are Jackie ONeill and Philip Wright (blog entries) and @anglesey42 (twitter entry).

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111 Comments to "Gouda Gracious Me! Top Quality Dutch Cheese + Reader Giveaway (Closed)"

  1. Anna McAlpine

    Really enjoying our huge piece of Old Amsterdam I purchased from Kaashandel Peters for my husband’s 40th birthday. It has a strong taste of mature gouda but combined with the practical texture of a younger cheese, making it great for melting and toasties.

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  2. Tracy Nixon

    W have a holiday home over on the Isle of Arran and there is a specialty cheese shop there that sells a huge selection of delicious cheeses! My two favourites are the Cheddar with Cracked Black Peppercorns and the Cheddar with Caramelised Onion!

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  3. Tracey Peach

    I’m not very adventurous with cheese, I should try different ones so my favourite hard cheese is Cheddar Chease

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  4. Jane Willis

    How can I choose my favourite hard cheese? I love them all! But for sheer versatility and all-round deliciousness you can’t beat a good crumbly mature Cheddar.

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  5. Elizabeth Hinds

    My favourite is Red Leicester! Not the most exciting but I love the flavour.

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  6. Kim Dormer

    Idiazabal Smoked from Spain, got this in a trip there ages ago and loved it

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  7. PHILIP WRIGHT

    My brother lives in Utrecht and one of many he brings over is Reypenaer. There are 100’s of great cheeses there

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  8. Laura Harris

    I love Manchego, Feta, Red Leicester, Wensleydale with mango and apricot and Wensleydale with chives. Infact, I just love cheese, end of!

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  9. Kiran Parry

    My favourite cheese is cheddar. I am more for the mild and medium. I also like Red Leicester and the fruity cheeses such as cranberry, Apple or the apricot one I have tried

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  10. Dick Bird

    Cheese is a terribly unhelpful noun as there are so many varieties. I love French cheeses, personally but Gouda is so much better than EDAM as that’s MADE backwards!

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  11. Choclette

    Ooh yes please. I adore cheese and a good Gouda is delicious. Strangely my current favourite hard cheese (it does change) is our very own Cornish Gouda which is produced just a few short miles away.

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  12. sarah thorley

    I absolutely loved Denhay cheddar and was devastated when they decided to stop production of it. Although I am an all round cheese fiend and like most cheeses

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  13. NickyB

    I’ve had that third cheese! It’s beautiful. My favourite hard cheese is Elsdon from our local cheese farm a few miles down the road in Northumberland.

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  14. Jen

    Reading this I’ve realised that I don’t think I’ve really eaten much gouda, must rectify that as it sounds delicious.

    I’m a bit boring and my favourite hard cheese has to be a vintage farmhouse cheddar, preferably from Somerset.

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  15. Louise Comb

    I think my fave hard cheese is probably good old Cheddar, but it’s rare to find a cheese that I don’t like 🙂

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  16. Jazz

    I am indiscriminate about my cheese – love them all! Partial to a bit of Red Leicester though 😉

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  17. Heidi Roberts

    I love most hard cheeses but my favourite is Parmigiano Reggiano from Tuscany in Italy

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  18. Danny

    Bethmale Cheese from the Pyrenees in France. Lovely, but doesn’t travel well.

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  19. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Kavey, I don’t eat Gouda very often, but when buying any kind of cheese I try to avoid the mass-produced brands that aren’t good representatives of that cheese. (I’m in the US, so not eligible for the giveaway.)

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  20. Maxine

    Old Amsterdam is gorgeous! I’m rather partial to a lot of the alpine cheeses too – Morbier is a favourite at the moment, simply delicious, with a line of ash through it – yum!

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  21. Alicia (foodycat)

    I love a mature cheddar – sharp and crumbly but still mellow enough not to rip your gums. My husband loves gouda, I think he gets it from his Dutch grandfather!

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  22. Mark Milsom

    You struggle to find a better hard cheese than Italian Parmesan….full of flavour and so versatile…….definitely my favourite HARD cheese !

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  23. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Absolute favourite is Monterey Jack from America. Hardly anyone in my family like it, so if I get some I have it all to myself. Gorgeous.

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  24. Stephanie Whitehouse

    I bought some fantastic smoked cheese outside Draculas Castle in Romania. No idea what it was called

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  25. scullion

    mimolette vieille from france – a touch of heaven (but also yarg, from just down the road).

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  26. Jackie ONeill

    My favourite hard cheese is the Dubliner and funnily enough it is Irish! Lovely with Irish brown soda bread

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  27. Jonathan Mason

    Bermondsey Hard Pressed, made by Kappacasein Dairy in an old railway arch in Bermondsey – wonderful flavour.

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  28. Emma Wolski

    My fave is Red Leicester and the clue is in the name lol! I also like Halloumi but not sure if classed as a hard cheese?

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  29. Eleanor Wigmore

    I love most cheese but my favourite is Comte from Eastern France. My brother lived in Besoncen and would bring it back for us.

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  30. Arabella Bazley

    I love lots of different ones but Swiss Gruyere is probably my favourite because you can grate a little into many dishes to add flavour and add shavings to any salad.

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  31. Kristy Brown

    I love Gouda – not sure where it is originally from but living on the border of Germany and Holland was bliss as it was so cheap

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  32. Natalie Crossan

    I love smoked austrian cheese, you know the one.. it comes in a package like a sausage 🙂

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  33. Hannah Smith

    My favourite is Red Leicester.. it’s from my home town Leicester in England.

    @smeethsaysfashn on twitter

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