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The Cheese Whisperer – It’s Beemster Time!

beemstersvfcIt’s that time of year again, time for exquisite cheese made from pristine springtime milk. Beemster Graskaas, literally “Grass cheese”, is a seasonal Dutch cheese available in the Co-op’s Cheese Island. Taste the unique flavor of the milk from heirloom cattle grazing on the mineral rich pastures of North Holland.

Each spring, cows rush through the barn doors and excitedly graze on fresh spring pastures in Beemster Polder, strewn with wildflowers and native grasses. This imparts a specially sweet and complex flavor to the soft and silky Gouda-style cheese made from their milk. Beemster uses only the first milkings of spring to make Beemster Graskaas.

Using Beemster cheese in your kitchen is ridiculously easy. Enjoy it on rustic bread for breakfast, on salads and soups for lunch or on pasta or a cheese board for dinner and dessert. Its supple, rich flavor pairs nicely with fresh fruit, pickled onions and fresh, bright green Castelveltrano olives, available from the Co-op Olive Bar. Beemster also sings when toss with wilted chard, rice or noodles. Or melt it into your favorite casserole or pasta sauce. Get adventurous and try a slice it with cherry, apple or pear pie!

For more ideas, check out an earlier Cheese Whisperer post, Almost Spring Graskaas and Date Salad, for a delicious Graskaas salad recipe.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.