Everything You Need To Know About Goat Cheese

Cheese made from goats’ milk is surprisingly tasty and generally better for you than cheese made from cows’ milk. Goat milk cheese contains fats that are smaller and easier to digest, as well as less sodium and less lactose than cows’ milk cheese. In this article, we describe and discuss goats’ milk cheese and provide good tips on choosing the right type of cheese, keeping it fresh and knowing how to tell if goat cheese has gone bad. Read on to learn more.

Are There Different Types Of Goat Cheese?

are there different types of goat cheese

There are many different textures and types of goat cheese. You can consume goat cheese fresh or ripened. Textures include:

  • Soft
  • Semi-soft
  • Firm
  • Hard

Each texture contains a different level of moisture.

Fresh, unripened goat cheese is an excellent addition to fresh foods such as salads. You can leave that same cheese to age and harden to be used in much the way you would use cows’ milk cheese.

How To Choose Goat Cheese

Why Is Goat Cheese Healthier Than Cows‘ Milk Cheese?

The nutritional and biochemical composition of goat cheese makes it a light and healthy choice.

1. Cholesterol & Fats

When compared with cows’ milk cheese, goat cheese has much lower fat content and contains both short chain and medium chain fatty acids. You will find the following fatty acids in abundance in goat cheese:

  • Caproic Acid
  • Caprylic Acid
  • Capric Acid

All of these are quite easy to digest.

When it comes to cholesterol levels, semi-soft goat cheese contains approximately 22 mg per ounce. Cheddar cheese made from cows’ milk, on the other hand, contains approximately 28 mg of cholesterol per ounce.

Lower cholesterol levels add up to fewer free radicals and reduced risk of liver damage and cardiovascular disease.

2. Sodium

High sodium levels can cause problems such as:

  • Ischemic Attack
  • Hypertension
  • Renal Failure

When compared with cows’ milk cheese, goat cheese contains only about one-quarter the overall amount of sodium.

3. Harmful Proteins

In both goats’ milk and cows’ milk, casein is an abundant protein. The type of casein that is found in cheese made from cows’ milk is known to trigger insulin resistance and type I diabetes.

Conversely, the type of casein it is found in goat cheese (A 2 beta casein) is less damaging. Additionally, goat cheese contains more calcium, which has the effect of increasing insulin sensitivity and protecting against diabetes.

4. Vitamins & Minerals

When compared with cows’ milk cheese, goat cheese contains far more vitamins and minerals. Additionally, because it is more easily absorbed, these vitamins and minerals are more bioavailable.

The most abundant vitamins in goat cheese are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Niacin

These are all important in maintaining exoskeleton health and bone strength. Additionally, they support red blood cell synthesis and effective blood clotting.

In addition to high vitamin content, goat cheese also contains the following minerals in abundance:

  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron

All of these support smooth enzymatic process functioning and healthy hormone activation.

How To Tell If Goat Cheese Has Gone Bad

When goat cheese is wrapped well and refrigerated correctly, it should stay fresh for as long as two months.

Naturally, just as with some types of cows’ milk cheese, there are some types of goats’ milk cheese that are intended to be aged, so keeping them properly stored for an extended period of time is not a problem.

Of course, sometimes goat cheese can go bad. Luckily, when this happens the symptoms are apparent. They include:

  • Visible Mold or Discoloration
  • Strong Unpleasant Odor
  • Bitter, Bad Taste

In some cases, a change in color, odor or taste can just be a sign of good aging. The difference is that if these indicators become strong and unpleasant, it means that your cheese has gone off. Any cheese that has visible mold on it should be thrown out.

How Long Can You Store Goat Cheese?

Generally speaking, well stored goat cheese can last for up to a couple of weeks in your refrigerator. To extend the life of your goat cheese, be sure to wrap it carefully before refrigerating and keep it refrigerated consistently.

To wrap your goat cheese well, you can keep it in the original packaging and add an additional layer of aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Another method involves removing the original packaging and replacing it with parchment paper or wax paper. Wrap this tightly in plastic wrap placing the goat cheese in the refrigerator.

How To Keep Your Cheese Fresher Longer

You can also keep goat cheese in the freezer for up to 6 months if you wish. Wrap it as you would for refrigeration. You may also wish to add a layer of plastic freezer wrap or place the wrapped goat cheese inside a freezer bag.

Store Cheese For Months With This Technique

Be advised that frozen goat cheese is not as good for nibbling because it loses some of its texture and flavor. It is excellent for use in pasta dishes, casseroles, sauces and soups.

Nicky Ellis
Nicky has been an editor at Farm & Animals since 2019. Farm animals have been in her life from her earliest memories, and she learned to ride a horse when she was 5. She is a mom of three who spends all her free time with her family and friends, her mare Joy, or just sipping her favorite cup of tea.

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