Marieke® Gouda is our signature cheese made with an authentic Old World Gouda recipe. The equipment, cultures, herbs and spices are all imported from Holland. The rBGH free cows milk from the Penterman Farm cows couldn’t be fresher being piped directly from the first milking of the day directly into the processing vat.
Handcrafted with Passion
The curd is hand packed into 18 pound forms before going under the press. It is then brined for 60 hours. The wheels are then transferred to the special curing room and aged on Dutch pine planks which absorb the liquid as the cheese ages. For the first 14 days the cheese is turned (flipped over) daily to ensure that the butterfat is evenly distributed throughout the cheese. The wooden planks are also cleaned daily and turned to prevent molds.
During this time the breathable coating is hand painted on the cheese. After the initial daily turning is complete the cheese is turned twice weekly for as long as it is in our facility.
Marieke Gouda Flavors
The Gouda is available in 23 flavors. Flavors include Plain, Golden, Bacon, Balck Mustard, Black Pepper Mix, Burning Mélange, Caraway, Chipotle, Clove, Cranberry, Cumin, Foenegreek, Hatch Pepper, Honey Clover, Jalapeño, Mustard Mélange, Onion Garlic, Pesto Basil, Smoked, Smoked Cumin, Summer Fields, Thorp, and Truffle. Check out our online store for availability!
Cheesemaking Process in Pictures....
Marieke® Gouda - Handcrafted with Passion
Our cows provide us with the freshest milk for our cheese.
The cheese processing vat is filled with milk.
Cheese curds start to form after adding culture and rennet to the milk.
Cutting blocks out of the pressed curds.
Cheese blocks in molds under the press.
Flipping cheese over for second press. The authentic form for Gouda cheese already shows.
After pressing, the cheese is ready for the brine.
Brine racks ready for loading some fresh cheeses.
Fresh cheeses in racks into the brine.
Fresh wheels in brine tank for 60 hours.
Fresh cheeses (white) ready for coating.
Coating Marieke Gouda cheeses by hand.
Cleaning shelves in our aging room.