igourmet Authentic Barrel-Aged Greek Feta Cheese DOP (7.5 ounce) - Pack of 3
Feta is the national cheese of Greece, and surely the best-known Greek cheese in the US. Our Barrel-aged Feta is produced from December through April of all-natural milk from free-range sheep, whose milk is richer than cow's milk in calcium, vitamin B and proteins. Curd is molded in large round forms, which are hand-turned frequently as they drain. As the whey drains, the cheese-crafter adjusts timing to perfect each form's texture. After skillful dry-salting, wheels are placed in birch barrels for aging and preservation. There they sit in a 7% brine solution that originally allowed farmers to preserve their milk in the hot Mediterranean climate. Today that brine gives feta its characteristic tang.
By the end of the four-month maturation, a wonderfully creamy, rich, complex flavor is fully developed. The care that goes into this feta is evident by its incredible characteristics. Its traditional method of production contributes to its full taste, natural aroma and pure white color, properties which have established Feta over the centuries as a unique natural cheese of Greece.
Enjoy this premium feta in a traditional cheese pie, over eggs, stuffed into squash blossoms, or even fried. Or just relax with a slab of feta drizzled with olive oil and garnished with fresh oregano. Opa!
- Made from pasteurized sheep's milk.
- We cut and wrap this item by hand.