Once again this
fall, the WSU Creamery will have available Cougar Gold® cheese
that has been aged for at least 3 years. Usually, Cougar Gold® is aged one year. The cost of this aged cheese is currently $28.00 (subject to change).
What can you expect from the extra aging?
The extra aged cheese is sharper
and more flavorful. One of the unique qualities of Cougar Gold®
is, unlike other cheddars, Cougar Gold® does not develop a bitter
taste, even when aged for several years.
There may be some moisture in
the can. As the cheese ages, it goes through a process called
syneresis, which is the separation of liquid from a gel/solid
caused by contraction. With age, the moisture in the cheese
comes out and may result in texture changes.
The extra aged cheese is generally
Crystals may be more prevalent
throughout the extra aged cheese. These are the amino acid tyrosine.
These are expected and preferred aspects
of quality, aged cheese.
This may be the last time for several years we have this cheese available as we have been unable to hold any in reserve to allow to age.
you would like to be contacted when this cheese becomes available,
please complete the form below.
PO Box 641122, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1122, 800-457-5442,