Trader Joe’s 1,000 Day Gouda Cheese
They say age ain't nothing but a number. But hey, when a cheese is aged for 1,000 days, you can be forgiven for ignoring old Aalyiah lyrics... or the fact that it's actually older than 1,000 days, given it had to get packaged and shipped. Anyway, the aging gives the cheese an intense flavor and causes crystallization.
Flavor notes: When most people hear gouda, they expect a smokey flavor, which can often overpower often pretty strong. This isn’t smokey at all, but more briny and sharp. Its flavor intensifies when it’s paired with a fruity jam like fig or berry, making it the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
What to do with it: Ever just craving some mac & cheese and wish you had something better on standby than some orange mystery cheese powder? Michelle suggests melting this down along with any other random cheese pieces you have laying around in the fridge, milk, and butter and tossing it with pasta. If there's leftover sauce, pour it into a muffin tin and freeze it. Whenever you’re craving a single serving of mac and cheese, you pop one out of the freezer and melt it into your hot cooked pasta for a fast alternative.