Jules Wesselink was the first person to start making Gouda cheese. It happened in Haarlem, Holland. First, he developed his company in his native area, but shortly after he moved to Chino and then to Winchester. Nowadays Winchester Cheese Company has a big market and regular customers. It witnesses a high quality of Gouda, and you may trust the name of the factory. The diary counts about 500 cows now, all of them giving very good milk with an amazing flavor.
A great advantage of making Gouda cheese is that you can hold it over 6 months, in contrast to other pressed cheeses. But in this case it acquires a waxed texture and flavor. Actually, aging time of Gouda cheese is 4 to 18 months, but be sure that it will never stay in your refrigerator for so long. It will be, indeed, hard to resist the temptation to eat it all immediately. This cheese wonderfully tastes with crackers and bread. Just take a slice of Gouda, put it on a piece of smooth and sweet bread, and you will feel the charming power of this delicious product.
Making Gouda cheese is a tradition for the Dutch places. People who live there, perhaps, will never be able to imagine their lives without Gouda. It has become their part, a symbol of their region and its prosperity. It was called so because of the city of Gouda. But now this name is rather connected with the Dutch cheese itself than with the city. And this status and popularity are really deserved.
Gouda Holland is very tasty and you can find a lot of recipes with this cheese as an ingredient. All of them are different, have a great flavor and attract new clients to the places of Gouda distribution.
Actually, the Netherlands are renowned as the 'cheese-head', because this country sells so many pounds of their cheese that it cannot even be compared with their own consumption volume. And it is reasonable: for many nations Gouda cheese has become a symbol of high-quality production.
In fact, it is not difficult to make this cheese oneself. But modern cheese makers occupied with making Gouda cheese prevent you from the use of wooden tubs and tools in manufacturing. You should take it in your mind. To tell the truth, Holland is very beautiful, so you can just visit Netherlands and be delighted with your vacations. And as an addition to your trip taste some cheese and their local food in general. Maybe, you will no more try such dishes anywhere else.
So, touch another nation and its traditions, respect other people and their beliefs, and don't forget to share yours. Cheese making may become a link between the two nations, absolutely opposite in nature, but similar in one thing: cheese admiring. Don`t lose your chance: who knows, maybe, this will be your brightest and most desired experience ever.