Feta cheese-Litsa!

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Feta Cheese-litsa!

Feta Cheese-litsa!

Are you a “fun” of cheese? If yes, I’m sure that you will appreciate this information about a very special and delicious kind of cheese which you can enjoy in many many ways! It is called FETA Cheese.

Feta cheese is a classic and famous Greek cheese, whose tradition dates back thousands of years and is still made by shepherds in the Greek mountains with unpasteurized milk. It was first recorded in Byzantine times and was associated specifically with Crete.We are talking about Feta cheese.

Traditional Greek Feta is made from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk.  Feta is often made commercially with pasteurized cow’s milk. Feta Cheese is white; it can range from soft to semi-hard with a salty flavor that can range from mild to sharp. Its fat content ranges from 30 to 60 percent. Most are around 45% milk fat. The curdled milk is separated and allowed to drain in a special mold or a cloth bag. It is cut into large slices that are salted and then packed in barrels filled with whey or brine and stays in there for several months. Feta dries out rapidly after its removed from the brine.

After a long legal battle with Denmark which produced a similar cheese under the same name, the term Feta is now a Protected Designation of Origin, which limits the term Feta within the European Union to Greek Feta only.

Feta is the main ingredient of  the famous Greek salad but you can also enjoy it cooked, as an ingredient in many recipes, grilled, fried as a part of the “saganaki” side dish or as a cheese pie, filled in puff pastry, to mention only a few of the ways you can use Feta.

Feta cheese is a staple in all Greek households, Feta, and olives in every table! Many countries make Feta, but for me, there is only one Feta cheese and it is Greek, also in Greece they make many different varieties but I like the soft Feta by Dodonis!

Personally, I really like to use feta when I cook and I recommend you to try it. I’m sure that you’ll love it as I do. Try these traditional Greek recipes with Feta, they’re easy to prepare and delicious! You can enjoy them as a snack or you can impress your guests serving Feta as an appetizer.


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Litsa Bolontzakis

Litsa Bolontzakis

Children's book and cookbook author Litsa Bolontzakis is an expert on Greek cooking and that culture's easy, simple way of life. Her desire is to help other families learn from her culture how to appreciate the simple things in life and grow to enjoy the seasons and the gifts they bring.

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