The Westland family decided in 1985 that it was time to develop a cheese with crystals but which should still be sliceable. Their experience selling cheese door-to-door meant they knew which characteristics were needed. They were looking for a cheese with Amsterdam star quality. A cheese that can be distinguished from all others.
Dutch meadow milk is used to produce Old Amsterdam. Rennet and starter culture are added to start the cheese-making process. The starter culture gives the cheese its unique taste. The Westland developers experimented with the various ingredients until they found the ideal starter culture for Old Amsterdam. Milk vat 4 proved to contain the perfect mixture of natural ingredients. The M4 starter culture today is still the best kept secret within cheese making.
OId Amsterdam has won several national and international prizes. Apart from their own cheese store in Amsterdam, it is available in over 60 countries worldwide.
Serving and Cooking Suggestions
● paired with a glass of Dutch lager beer
● on its own as a snack or with some bread
● grated over or roasted vegetables or in a fondue
● used in canapes such as smoked devilled eggs
Ingredients: pasteurised cow milk, salt, starter culture, rennet, sodium nitrate, pigment E160b(ii)
Allergens: milk protein