Who doesn’t know edam! But do you know where it comes from, how it is produced or what types we can distinguish and what the different colored packages in which they are packed mean?
If not, now is the time to fix it and read more about this delicious cheese!
Thanks to our kitchen tips, you will enjoy it like never before!
What is edam cheese?
The origin of this cheese can be found in the northern regions of the Netherlands. It is a semi-soft cheese that is made from cow’s milk and its production is subject to a traditional Dutch recipe that dates back to the beginning of the 13th century.
However, its designation does not fall under the protected designation, and therefore it can be enjoyed in different parts of the world, resulting in differences in taste, quality of ingredients and texture.
Nevertheless, all varieties tend to have a semi-solid texture that is easy to grate and also dissolves well, as a result of which it is commonly used for the preparation of various dishes and is also popular on its own.
How is edam made?
Natural animal rennet is added to pasteurized cow’s milk. Rennet helps with curd production. Once the milk has solidified and formed, the curd, it is cut and the whey is strained.
Draining off excess whey promotes ideal concentration of flavor and texture. After completely draining, the curd is placed in molds and then thoroughly salted, which prevents the growth of bacteria and adds flavor.
Finally, it ages on wooden shelves for another month, while the cheeses can age for up to 1 year. This process intensifies the flavor, while the creamy texture and subtler undertones are enjoyed in the less mature varieties.
The base is a delicate mixture of creamy and nutty notes with hints of salt. Unripe cheeses have a flexible texture, which tends to become drier and more crumbly over time.
In the Netherlands, edam is sold without the wax wrapper. Outside of the Netherlands, however, there may be different colors of wax to make it easier to distinguish its properties:
Black wax : aged for at least 17 weeks
Green wax : herbal flavored
Brown wax : pepper flavored
Orange wax : cumin flavored
How does edam taste?
This cheese is described as mild because its flavor is usually mild with a hint of sweetness. Someone feels nutty notes in it.
Some species have a salty taste, while other species have a bland taste. These differences are due to the quality of the milk used in production.
Nutritional values of edamame (per 100 g)
|Calorie||Carbohydrates||Sugars||Fats||Saturated fatty acids||Proteins||Fiber||Salt|
|356 calories||1.4 g||1.4 g||28 g||18 g||25 g||0 g||965 mg|
This cheese is high in sodium and phosphorus. It also contains vitamin A, choline and is a great source of calcium.
How to use edam in the kitchen?
|It can be used to shape cheese balls, fill pizza crusts with it, add it to bread dough, wrap it in triple-wrap and fry it into cheese sticks, or try these non-traditional fried cheese recipes|
|It is also commonly used to make savory fritters|
|It can be melted into almost anything, from potatoes and pasta to these savory cheese pancakes or these delicious cheesecakes|
|This cheese is also great in cheese soups and cheese sauces|
|It is traditionally paired with wine and commonly appears on plated cheese platters after dinner or alternatively on appetizer platters, often alongside biscuits and fruit spreads|
|A mild version of this cheese is best paired with sweeter fruit such as cherries, while more mature versions are often paired with salty nuts and cured meats|
|As an appetizer or dessert, serve the ripe variety with tart apples or pears|
Pairing with drinks
Wine – Beaujolais, Champagne, Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot gris, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Shiraz, Viognier
Beer – Lagers, Belgian Ale, Bock, Brown/Hazelnut Brown Ale, Cider and Fruit Ale, Pale Ale, Porter, Saison Ale, Stout
Garlic spread with edamame
- 170 g of edamame
- 5 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 2 spoons of sour cream
- 3 cloves of garlic
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- Finely grate the cheese
- Peel and crush the garlic
- Put the cheese, garlic, mayonnaise and sour cream in a bowl, season with pepper and salt and mix until everything is combined
- Let the garlic spread rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving
What to replace edam with?
Gouda has an equally fine taste and almost identical properties. This cheese has a dense and supple texture and is characterized by sweet and creamy notes with undertones of hazelnuts and soft butter.
A sharper substitute is cheddar. It boasts notes of hazelnuts and caramelized butter.
If the cheese is covered in wax, it does not need to be refrigerated.
However, after unpacking, it should be covered so that it does not dry out. Of course, even if it is covered with wax, the cheese should not be put in a room where it is warm or in places where the sun shines, so that it does not spoil.