Edam has been a popular cheese for centuries not only because it lasts for a long time without spoiling, but also because it tastes delicious. Read on to learn more about this ruby wrapped cheese and how to incorporate it in a variety of dishes. 

History of Edam

Edam is a Dutch cheese that originated in the town of Edam in North Holland. Edam is wrapped in an iconic bright red wax, which keeps it fresh for a long period of time. For this reason, Edam was a popular cheese with both land and sea travelers for centuries, especially from 1300 to 1800 when refrigeration was nearly impossible. Today, Edam still maintains its red exterior and creamy, butter-yellow interior. 

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What Does Edam Taste Like?

Edam is a mild, semi-soft cheese with a low fat content and nutty undertones. Edam pairs well with sweet items such as sliced fruits or jams and tastes great on a cracker or slice of bread alike. When allowed to age, edam becomes firmer and more concentrated in flavor with a flavor more akin to hazelnuts. 

Cooking with Edam

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Edam is a versatile cheese that works well on a cheeseboard as well in a variety of dishes. For a cheesy, Dutch take on a classic sandwich, try our recipe for Braised Short Rib Sandwiches by swapping out the cheddar for Edam. Looking to incorporate Edam into your morning routine? Try our recipe for Croque Monsieur Sandwiches by using a 50/50 mix of Edam and Gruyere. Still, our favorite way of consuming Edam is thinly sliced straight from the wheel. 

Sourcing Edam

Edam has a global reach, and you should be able to find it at nearly any grocery store. If looking for more artisanal varieties, you can shop for Edam online. As mentioned, Edam has a long shelf life and can be stored in a cool pantry, unopened for 3 to 4 weeks. Once you crack that Edam, you’ll need to store it in the refrigerator and consume it within a week of opening. 

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