In a spectacular North Sea bog-draining engineering feat 400 years ago, the Beemster Polder was the first large-scale land reclamation project in the Netherlands. Sitting 20 feet below sea level, the pasturelands on this 200 square mile area in North Holland are famous for having a unique nutrient and mineral enriched soil that produces incredibly fertile, lush grass. As a result, the milk from happy Beemster cows that graze freely on the polder has a distinctively buttery texture and especially sweet flavor.
In 1901 a polder farm cooperative was formed and all-natural, gouda-style Beemster cheeses, made from secret, traditional Dutch recipes- and solely from the co-op’s milk- were created to immediate success. Today the Beemster Polder is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Beemster cheeses have won top honors in competitions around the world for their exceptionally smooth and divinely creamy taste and texture.
Extra Aged Beemster is matured in a strictly regulated, temperature and humidity controlled, 26-month (minimum) process. The extra aging, coupled with using such high-quality, select milk and employing supreme cheese-making techniques handed down from generation to generation, produces complete gratification. Hard and brittle in texture, the deep pumpkin colored paste, flecked with tiny, white protein crystals and a few very small “eyes,” is somehow still delightfully, mouth-coating creamy. The cheese’s amazing depth of concentrated almond-nutty and grassy flavors is elevated even further by the butterscotch and mellow-malty notes that are also echoed in the cheese’s welcoming aroma.
Beemster cheese-makers have mastered a complex equation for creating Extra Aged Beemster, but thankfully enjoying it is quite simple.
Application: Great with a wide variety of fresh fruit, notably apples and apricots, and a range of breads, Extra Aged Beemster also goes well with almonds, olives, dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Grate it on anything calling for grated cheese, shave it on salads, soups and chicken dishes, or make awesome grilled sandwiches.
Pairing: A dry white wine works especially well; try an un-oaked California Chardonnay or a White Burgundy. For a red preference, a Merlot or a vintage port make fine combinations. Complex hand crafted Ales are a can’t miss pairing.
Balmi Balsamic Glaze by Toschi
Product Details: #053540 | 6/13.8 oz
Toschi created Balmi Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena to deepen the experience of any dish, from starters to desserts, with exceptional, complex flavor. Balmi Glaze is a new, unique sauce that combines convenience and innovation, while retaining the traditional and unmistakable taste of Modena's famous Balsamic Vinegar.
Toschi Balmi Glaze is an exciting alternative to condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup and goes well beyond usual uses. Just a small amount of this thick, robust, tangy, sweet, savory glaze gives an extraordinary dimension to grilled meat, roasts, hamburgers, ham, fish, chicken, French fries, raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, vanilla ice cream, panna cotta and of course - cheese!