Would you believe me if I told you that Washington State University, affectionately known to locals as “WAZU”, was the maker of one of the best Cheddar-type cheeses you will ever taste? Well, it’s true! Besides, Cavepeople don’t lie. Since the 1940′s the WSU Creamery has been canning and selling cheese under the Cougar Gold brand that many consider a true dairy gem.
As stated on their website, Cougar Gold is “A rich, white cheddar with a smooth, firm texture. Cougar Gold becomes sharper and more crumbly with age and develops crystals throughout the cheese. This unique cheddar has a depth and intensity most people have never before experienced.” They aren’t lying, either! The cheese ages unbelievably well in those cans and creates a flavor that excels in recipes as well as it does served on a cracker or straight with some fresh cheese-friendly fruit. I’ve utilized it in everything from Fondue to homemade Pizza. It also works great in Spinach Souffle, salads, mac & cheese, bread, and cheese puff recipes, as well as many other possibilities. If you have any questions about how good this stuff really is, I have a friend who dislikes cheese and won’t eat it … except for the Cougar Gold, which he just can’t get enough of.
While the cheese comes aged for 1 year, don’t be afraid to let some age for a bit longer in your fridge. We just cracked open a 7 year old can for our Thanksgiving souffle and it was stupendous. I’ve been fortunate enough to try a 10 year old vintage that was unreal! But, if you just can’t wait, the nubile version is simply phenomenal, too.
Give this unique, flavorful cheese a try and you will never look at Cheddar the same way again. The WSU Creamery also offers several other types of cheese as well. Each offers a distinct and wonderful take on it’s genre. Best of all, you don’t have to travel to Pullman, WA to get your hands on a can. You can order your very own 30 ounce cans through the WSU Creamery website for about $18 a piece. Just be sure to order more than one … trust me, you’ll want it!
NOTE: From time to time, they have a limited supply of 3 year-old Cougar Gold available!
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