Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Aged for 36 months, this smooth, semi-hard cow’s cheese features a cheddar bite that pleasantly lingers. One of Goot Essa’s cheese makers, Israel Kinsinger, spent years developing the method to yield complex flavors typical of the German-Swiss recipe from the family’s Amish heritage. This sharp cheddar is nutty and creamy and makes an excellent addition to a cheese board. It melts well, too, and is excellent in fondue. Pair it with crisp white and dry red wines, as well as cider, stouts, lagers and pale ales.
Contents: 4-ounce block of cheese
Producer: Goot Essa
Location: Howard, Pennsylvania
In the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, “Goot Essa” means “good food” or “good eating.” Goot Essa began in 2001 with a cooperative of six farm families. Today it’s owned and operated by John Esh Jr. and his wife, Anny Mary. Each farmer continues to work their fields with horse and manpower instead of machines, which means the farms are small and every acre and animal are cared for with love and respect. The farmers contribute fresh, high-quality milk, which Goot Essa’s cheese makers craft into small-batch, hand-made, all-natural cheese.
This farmstead, raw cow milk cheese is made with milk from the Esh family farm in central Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley. It’ll keep unopened in your refrigerator for four months. Once opened, wrap loosely in parchment or wax paper and eat within six weeks.