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A mild Dutch cheese, typically sold in a flat sphere covered in wax
Common clues: Dutch cheese; Mild Holland cheese; Dutch treat; Semisoft cheese; Cheese city; Edam alternative
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 71974 / 86800
News: Gouda news – eating cheese every day can be good for your health
From cow to (Gouda) cheese

Gouda is a yellowish Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda. The cheese is made from cow's milk that is cultured and heated until the curd is separate from the whey. About ten percent of the mixture is curds which are pressed into circular moulds for several hours. These molds are the essential reason behind its traditional yet characteristic shape. The cheese is then soaked in a brine solution which gives the cheese its rind and distinctive taste. The cheese is then dried for a couple of days before being coated to prevent it from drying out, then it is aged for a number of weeks before it is ready to be eaten. The term "Gouda" is now a generic name, and not restricted to cheese of Dutch origin. The term "Noord-Hollandse Gouda" is registered in the EU as a Protected Designation of Origin.

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