Is feta cheese the same as goat cheese?

By: Henri Willig
09 jan 2024
± 2 minuten

"Is feta goat cheese?" is a question often asked by cheese lovers. This article explains the difference between these two popular cheeses, with a focus on their origins, production process and flavour profiles.

What is feta and goat cheese made from

Feta is a traditional Greek cheese made mainly from sheep's milk, or a mixture of sheep and goat's milk. Goat cheese, on the other hand, is made entirely from goat's milk. These different milks give each cheese its unique flavour and texture.

Differences from goat cheese

Feta has a crumbly texture and a salty, sometimes spicy flavour. The ripening process in brine contributes to these distinctive characteristics. Goat cheese is milder, with a creamy texture and a slightly sharp aftertaste. Goat cheese production varies from fresh, soft varieties to more mature, harder forms.

The difference in production process

The production methods of feta and goat cheese also differ. Feta must mature in brine for at least two months, which gives the cheese its firm texture and salty flavour. Goat cheese has a more diverse ripening process, ranging from a few days to several months, resulting in different textures and flavours.

Feta and goat cheese in the kitchen

In the kitchen, feta and goat cheese each have their own uses. Feta is popular in salads, baked dishes and as a table cheese. Goat cheese is versatile in use, from spreads to additions in hot dishes. Each has a unique contribution to recipes, from savoury to sweet dishes.

Health benefits

Besides their culinary uses, feta and goat cheese each have their own health benefits. Feta, rich in calcium and probiotics, can be good for bone health and digestion. Goat cheese contains less lactose than many other cheeses, so it may be a better option for people with lactose intolerance. It is also rich in protein and essential nutrients. So choosing the right cheese depends not only on taste, but also on individual health needs and dietary preferences.

So, is feta goat cheese?

So, is feta goat cheese? No, Feta and goat cheese are distinctly different cheeses, each with their own characteristic properties. The choice between these cheeses depends on personal taste preferences and intended culinary use. At Henri Willig, we appreciate the diversity of these cheeses and offer lovers the chance to taste both and enjoy their unique qualities. If you already know which cheese is your favourite, order cheese easily online in our webshop!

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