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Feta Fetish

By Alana Sugar, April 8, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

I have a feta cheese fetish. I absolutely love it on everything from pizza to salads to sandwiches. I even eat it on enchiladas, fajitas and tacos in place of other cheeses. 

Originating in Greece, feta is a white soft cheese traditionally made of either 100% sheep milk or a combination of sheep and goat milk. American versions of feta can be made with sheep, goat or cow’s milk.

Greek Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese and OlivesThe cheese is formed into a “block” and often sold in salty brine. There are several varieties, categorized as either “firm” or “soft.”  The firmer varieties are tangier and crumble easier. Some varieties are soft enough to be spreadable. All varieties are truly unique. 

Check out my favorite feta tips and recipes:

Do you have a feta fetish, too? Got a favorite tip or recipe? I’d love to know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Cheese

 

9 Comments

Comments

Nanda says ...
Are feta cheese vegetarian? do they use calf rennet for coagulation?
04/09/2013 11:14:20 AM CDT
Michelle Morring says ...
One of my favorites is this quick and tasty meal: lettuce walnuts raspberry vineigrette lots of FETA cheese
04/09/2013 11:15:12 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NANDA - It depends on the vendor. Most packaged feta cheeses should say the type of rennet used. If it does not, ask a team member, they'll be happy to find out for you!
04/10/2013 5:00:35 PM CDT
Rento DeLeon says ...
My favorite too
04/10/2013 8:32:58 PM CDT
ASUMAN says ...
SINCE ı LIVE IN TURKEY, FETA OR WHITE CHEESE AS IT IS CALLED HERE IS SO WIDELY AVAILABLE. I MAKE A SPREAD WITH CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE, CHOPPED WALNUTS, OREGANO, OLIVE OIL, BLACK PEPPER AND CRUSHED GARLIC. I ALSO MAKE A SPREAD WITH TOMATO PASTE, FETA, OLIVE OIL, CUMIN, DRIED MINT, CRUSHED PEPPER FLAKES, CHOPPED WALNUTS. ALSO MAKE A VEGETABLE DIP BY MIXING PLAIN YOGURT, FINELY CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE, CHOPPED MINT, DILL, PARSLEY, GREEN ONIONS AND CRUSHED PEPPER FLAKES
04/11/2013 5:15:05 AM CDT
Ilse says ...
Although I love goat cheese, feta made with sheep's milk is truly out of this world. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to try both and enjoy the differences.
04/11/2013 3:27:55 PM CDT
Julie says ...
How do you recommend storing feta? Do you drain and replace the water after a number of days or better to leave the feta in the original liquid? Thanks, Julie
04/16/2013 9:30:27 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - I reached out to one of our amazing cheesemongers and she said that the main thing to worry about to keep your Feta fresh is that the liquid is covering all of the cheese. So, if you have it in the original liquid and it is still covering the entire piece of feta that is just fine (it can last up to 3 months like this depending on the date it was bought). However, if there isn’t enough left to cover it then you should replace the liquid. A brine should be made to cover it, which is a solution of water that is heavily saturated with salt. Hope this helps!
04/18/2013 10:38:47 AM CDT
George Matsos says ...
I have here in Greece baby sitting my Mom for a few years and seen the "feta soft to spread " that my friends is the cheapest there is i have seen that Scata from my greek as low as undur 3 euros a kilo,you can not find it if you put in in foods and cook I have many cheese companys here close by and i like a hard feta one being from halkidiki area and with the Italy italy italy its getting kinda a boring there is cheese here that are so rare they are made only up one mountain for example The prices are a problem when you can buy olive oil and even wine to bring to Italy and they sell it for less every where than here When i Florida i went to your store twice one time your store made me laughf with organic kalamata olives kalamata would have their mothers go beg and that is the trouble with here
07/30/2013 9:11:14 AM CDT