When is National Goat Cheese Month? Always August!
Origin of this Holiday
Geeee I didn't know that August was National Goat Cheese Month!? When did that happen? The American Cheese Society doesn't seem to have put a lot of effort into promoting this observance. The only references that come up when you look for "National Goat Cheese Month" are newspapers and other secondary sources. I'm glad we found it though because we love goat cheese! In the future I hope to find out more about this holiday ;)
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food & drink holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!
How is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is celebrated by making your favorite goat cheese recipes and shareing it with your friends and family! Here's a few ideas:
• Make you and your whole family a beautiful cheese ball and have a snack and movine night to celebrate this holiday!
• Have a goat cheese party! Ohhhh this is a great food party! All you do is line up all kinds of shapes and sizes of cheese & cheese recipes and all kinds of crackers, chips and veggies too. "I mean really, how many times do you get to have a party like this?"
• Let the kids get in on the fun! Let each of them make their very own cheese ball.
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
What is Goat Cheese?
"Goat's milk cheese, goats' cheese, goat cheese or chèvre (French for goat) is cheese made from goat milk. Goat cheese comes in a wide variety of forms, although the most common is a soft, easily spread cheese. Goat cheese can also be made in hard aged varieties as well as semi firm cheeses like feta."
"Although cow's milk and goat's milk have similar overall fat contents, the higher proportion of medium-chain fatty acids such as caproic, caprylic and capric acid in goat's milk contributes to the characteristic tart flavor of goat's milk cheese. (These fatty acids take their name from the Latin for goat, capra.) Also, recent studies show that the protein found in goat cheese is higher than in cows, and is actually very similar to that of human breast milk."
"When chèvre is served hot, it is known as chèvre chaud."
"It is "kidney friendly" and suitable for those with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) as it is very low in potassium."
Example List of goat's milk cheeses by country
France: "France produces a great number of goat's milk cheeses, especially in the Loire Valley and Poitou, where goats are said to have been brought by the Moors in the 8th century. Examples of French Chèvres include Bucheron, Chabis, Couronne Lochoise, Crottin de Chavignol (largest produced goat cheese AOC), Pélardon, Picodon, Pouligny Saint-Pierre, Rocamadour, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, Chabichou du Poitou, Valençay, and Pyramide."
Spain and Portugal:
• Mató is a Catalan fresh cheese made from cow's or goat's milk.
• Castelo Branco is a Portuguese goat's milk cheese.
United Kingdom: Pantysgawn is a Welsh goat's milk cheese, and gevrik is a Cornish goat's milk cheese (literally meaning 'little goat').
Greece: Greek halloumi, feta, mizithra and anthotyros are traditionally made from a mixture of goat's and sheep's milk. In Greece, goat cheese has a very long history; in the Odyssey, Homer refers to a woman stirring wine with goat cheese to reduce the acidity of the wine.
Norway: Brunost, which literally means brown cheese, is made in Norway. It is often sold in the USA under the name Gjetost (goat cheese).
Italy: Caprino is an Italian goat's milk cheese.
China: Rubing is a fresh goat cheese from Yunnan Province, resembling the Indian paneer.
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