Some moments in life stick with you for so long they become lessons, words that you live by for a long time to come. A few years back, I visited the innovative and impressive Eden Village Camp in Duchess County, New York, shortly after their first summer season had ended. While touring the grounds, I learned that all summer long, the campers' rallying cry had been "try new things." Three simple words that I have tried to incorporate into my life every day since.
When it comes to food, trying new things can be very exciting — and surprisingly easy. For example, are you a cheese fiend? Instead of your usual variety, opt for goat's milk cheddar next time you see it for sale at your local farmers' market.
How to choose it
Goat's milk cheddar cheese isn't available at your everyday supermarket, but while it may be hard to come by, it's worth the extra effort. As with any cheese, opt for a variety made with high-quality organic milk, ideally from grass-pastured animals. Since goat's milk cheddar is such a specialty product, any type you find will likely meet your quality criteria.
How to use it
Like its cow’s milk counterpart, goat's milk cheddar comes in many flavors and varieties. Mild, aged, raw, pasteurized, smoked — choose your favorite and eat it straight from the package or use it in place of "regular" cheddar in one of your usual recipes. Or try one of these alternative preparations for pizza or frittatas.
How to store it
When it comes to cheese, many types means a range of storage recommendations, so your best bet is to ask your seller for specifics. In general, however, goat's milk cheddar should be stored in the fridge when not being served. Try keeping it in the crisper drawer for optimal freshness.