Ingredient - Greece
Information about Greek Feta Cheese
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is a Greek cheese made with either sheep's or a mixture of sheep's and
goat's milk. It's white and soft with no rind and has a solid consistency
with only a very few small holes if any at all. It has an agreeable if
slightly acidic taste and a rich salty flavour which it gets from having been
aged in a brine bath for up to a month.
The earliest written records of the name feta
date back to the 17th century when Greece was ruled by the Venetians and the
name is said to derive from the Latin word "Fete" which refers
to the practice of cutting the cheese into slices so they can be placed in
Feta is matured in wooden barrels or tin casks at cheese-making units located
inside the designation of origin areas (DOA) in Greece, namely Macedonia, Thrace
and Epirus in Northern Greece, Thessaly and Mainland Greece in central Greece,
the Peloponnese in southern Greece, and the island of Lesvos.
Be aware that many stores sell a 'variety' of
Feta made with cow's milk which is artificially whitened. This is done because
of the high fat content in cow's milk which turns yellow after a few days.
Authentic Greek feta cheese never turns yellow.
Feta can be used as a table (eating)
cheese, in salads and in cooking.
will find many recipes using Feta on both the Greek Cooking by Country main page and in other sections of this web site. Use
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