We have already written on our website about European disputes regarding the production of feta cheese . Today, we will consider what the Greeks use this cheese for.
Feta is known to all lovers of Greek and Cretan cuisine. Its unique taste results from the combination of milk obtained from sheep and goats bred and grazed under the unique conditions of the Greek climate. Strict adherence to traditional production recipes including at least 3 months maturation and drainage of whey without pressure is also required.
The taste of feta is, among other things, the merit of animals grazed in unique climatic conditions.
It is a soft cheese with about 40% fat content. It is also fragile and melts well. Thanks to storage in brine, it stays fresh for a long time. The conditions in which the feta ripens affect its taste. It can be spicy, mild or more salty. Greeks usually have their favorite types and buy them. Although for some dishes it is advisable to use feta with a specific taste. Feta should be white and yellowing is not a desirable color. Its taste should be quite spicy, it absolutely can not be bitter, sour or rancid.
Before buying, it's good to try cheese, which unfortunately is unfeasible in Polish stores, because in Poland feta is usually sold in ready-made hermetic packaging.
Feta should be white and yellowing is not a desirable color.
If we reflect on what dish we associate feta with, then the first association will probably be a village salad (Horiatiki), commonly known as Greek. However, if the Greeks used fete only for this dish, the annual amount of salad consumed would reach absurd values. The average consumption of this delicious cheese in Greece is over 11 kg, or more than 50 cubes per one person.
Such a high amount comes from the fact that feta is one of the ingredients of many popular dishes prepared in Greece and, like bread or olive oil, belongs to the range of basic products.
So we decided to make a list of dishes in which this cheese is. This is an objective-subjective census, based as usual only on our experience. If while reading this list you are reminded of some Greek dish, which is a feta ingredient, then share this with us on our fanpag :)
Coming back from a holiday in Crete, we bring with us a tan, many pictures and a bag of beautiful memories connected with visiting this charming corner of Greece. However, holidays in Crete are not only breathtaking landscapes, sun or monuments, but also a feast for the palate. Greeks know how to appreciate the multitude of fresh vegetables and fruits, which is why even the simplest dish tastes great there. Greek cuisine shows that very little food would have to be made from simple ingredients. It is also worth remembering that in many scientific studies the local diet has been recognized as one of the healthiest and most sustainable in the world. Greek cuisine can make eating vegetables a pleasure. One thing is for sure, our taste buds were probably born in Crete, because the local cuisine won over our hearts or stomachs.
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