Natural Pastures Cheese Co.

Boerenkaas

Made solely with milk from local farms on Vancouver Island, Boerenkaas is the Dutch word for "Farmer’s Cheese".

Made by Natural Pastures Cheese Co.

For over 90 years, and across three generations, the Smith family has been holistically managing their farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Their commitment to sustainable farming is a priority every step of the way - even when choosing milk suppliers on the Island.

See all cheeses by Natural Pastures Cheese Co.

About this cheese

Handmade under the guidance of Natural Pastures head cheese maker, and aged for 6 months, this rich-tasting cheese has a slightly fruity taste, and creamy yet crumbly texture. Also available: Smoked Boerenkaas. (Naturally smoked at their facility in partnership with Smoken Bones Cookshack, and using local hardwoods.)

Pair it with...

wine

Pair with a Tawny Port.

See pairings article

wine

Pair with apple brandy.

See pairings article

Additional Information

Texture Semi-soft
Province British Columbia
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Pasteurized
Moisture 39%
Milk fat 35%
Distribution Federal

Keeping Cheese

Storage

Boerenkaas and Semi-soft cheeses in general, should keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.
Plastic wrap is the most versatile, accessible and efficient way to preserve cheese freshness. It also provides the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge.

Freezing

Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Boerenkaas cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.

Additional Information

Texture Semi-soft
Province British Columbia
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Pasteurized
Moisture 39%
Milk fat 35%
Distribution Federal

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