With less lactose than cow’s milk and many other types of cheese – and plenty of nutritional benefits – goat’s cheese is every lactose-sensitive cheese lover’s answer to satisfying their cravings. It’s also one of the most versatile cheeses out there thanks to its texture, and in our opinion is one of the most under-rated types of cheese in existence. Thanks to its smaller-sized fat globules, it’s also easier to digest – but it doesn’t sacrifice on vitamins and minerals compared to other cheeses (in fact, it boasts more compared to some other varieties).
Goat’s cheese can come in fresh and unripened or ripened varieties, and can be purchased in soft, semisoft, firm, or hard form (depending on what each variety’s moisture content is), which means that all of these options can be used in an extremely wide variety of recipes. This cheese is considerably low in sodium levels, saturated fats and “bad cholesterol” compared to many other popular cheese options (such as cheddar), and it is also rich in vitamins A and K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and copper.
How do you use it?
This creamy, tart and smooth cheese is delicious simply used as a spread over crackers either alone or accompanied by jams, honey, and fruit spreads or fresh fruit, but it’s also a real winner when it comes to salads thanks to its delicious flavours. It’s also excellent when used as a stuffing (especially since it doesn’t melt and go runny as easily as some other cheeses), and can be paired well with vegetables to be stuffed into everything from chicken and meats, to butternut squash and pumpkin. It also makes for a great sauce base for pasta dishes or any other creamy sauce – or it can be used as a tasty pizza topping or even in a burger.
It’s not just the cheese that’s good for you – goat milk is also considered to be healthy, while the goat’s meat is one of the leanest red meat options. Goats are believed to be one of the earliest domesticated animals, and they exist on every continent except for Antarctica. Goat milk is also used in beauty products such as soap, which is said to be more gentle on sensitive skin.