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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