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 13 flavors. Year-round flavors include Plain, Smoked and Foenegreek. Foenegreek is a seed and has a nutty, maple-like flavor. Seasonal flavors include Black Pepper Mix, Black Mustard, Burning Mélange, Clove, Cumin, Honey Clover, Mustard Mélange and Onion.
Cheesemaking Process in Pictures....