It is difficult not to notice the famous Edam cheese in a supermarket. Its red-wax covering is almost as well-known as the cheese itself. And maybe, this fact is one of the additional reasons of the popularity of this, without any doubts, delicious product. Edam cheese is mild, made of raw, fresh, skimmed or pasteurized milk and aged 60 days to a year. The main attractions of the dish are its mild and very pleasant flavor, low fat content (about 28 per cent) and really wide and easy use in cooking.
The cheese is pale-yellow, has almost no smell and a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. The cheese experts would say that it resembles Gouda - and they would be right: only the texture of Edam is not so creamy. Of course, the texture and the flavor of this mild cheese depend on a period of aging. There is, for example, young Edam aged about two months. Its flavor is very soft and sweet a little. If the cheese was aged quite long its texture becomes more firm, its flavor less mild. A lot of people in the world like exactly this type of Edam - strong and robust, because such a flavor gives you a perfect experience and memorable impressions.
If you do not know exactly how to differ the types of the cheese look on the coating. The most common and often met is the red one, which means the young semisoft Dutch cheese produced for export. If the cheese is in the yellow wax coating it will be sold in the Netherlands. Edam in the black wax coating is a strong flavored cheese aged no less than 17 weeks. The product may also have different additions to make it tastier and more unusual, for example, the cheese makers may add herbs or garlic. In this case you will see the green wax coating on the product.
Of course, different types of Holland mild cheese are good with different dishes and courses, but there are some points, which are the same for all of them. Drinks, for example. Everybody will agree that dark beer is the best choice. But do not be upset if you do not drink beer for some reasons. The wine Pinot Noir is one of the wonderful additions to this snack. In case you do not drink alcohol at all you are recommended a glass of apple and blackcurrant cordial. As for fruits, they differ. Young Edam is perfect with peaches, melons, cherries and apricots. As for the aged Edam, better use it with pears and apples. Crackers or bread are also to be used as a wonderful addition to the mild cheese.
The cheese may be served as a snack, an independent dish, a breakfast course or an ingredient in cooking. You will easily find hundreds of recipes requiring Edam, and you are to try at least one of them to make your own opinion about this world-famous product. Just do not be afraid of experiments! Make soups and pizzas, fruit salads and pastas, cakes and pies, be various every day and let your mood choose a special dish for today's dinner. And your life promises to be interesting and sometimes even unexpected. Food making is but an important part of our existence. Turn it into pleasure instead of obligation cooking with mild cheese.