Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fake Cheese [Analoog kaas]

The search for real cheese goes above everything.

It impresses me that a whole new generation of kids are being raised with a preference to the imitation rather to genuine taste. Many Dutch kids tend to prefer a canned tomato soup than a homemade one and instead of fresh fruit juice they prefer lemonade (limonade: concentrated syrup diluted in water in the proportion 1-7). Chicken nuggets do not enter my home because I do not know what they are made of. And yes - I have heard of kids who prefer chicken nuggets to real pieces of chicken. Deli meats ? Nah ! Gimme real meat please.

But I am going to talk about fake cheese in this post. It looks like cheese, it tastes like cheese, it can be cut like cheese, it melts like cheese - but it IS NOT CHEESE. The last years I've noticed that they seem to be everywhere. I have eaten it in Brazil too. In the NL Dutch magazines, sites and TV programmes are talking more and more about it.

Fake cheese - It is called in Dutch analoog kaas or imitatiekaas or nepkaas and it is basically made of vegetable oil (palm oil). It doesn't have to be per se more fattening than real cheese. The problem is that many fast food chains call their fake cheese real "cheese", or it is mixed with real cheese. Or worse: the fake cheese is a mixture of vegetable oil with egg white and/or wheat flour & potato starch. Surely sulfites and chlorine (how unhealthy). In Holland on many labels a fake cheese can be called "feta" or "Edam" or "Gouda" - when in fact it is not. Shame !! I expected the Dutch consumers being more demanding/critical on that, cause they have wonderful cheeses. Most frozen pizzas in Holland are topped with fake cheese, and lots of frozen products (lazagnas, fish with a "cheese" crust, stuffed chicken filet or cordon bleu, cheese souffles, etc.) have fake cheese. Cheese burgers and pizzas in Dutch restaurants also tend to be made with fake cheese as well. Why ? It is much much cheaper and melts down easier. It is legal to use fake cheese and it doesn't have to be reported on the labels. I think cow farmers should be infuriated about that !!

Believe me: the taste of good cheese is worth it.

By the way... if you want to know more about IKNGDGKI (Ik kan niet geloven dat geen kaas is or: "I cannot believe it is not cheese") nor believe in me then I recommend you to go here.

Most girls have are fond of chocolate - that's not my case. Cheese goes far on top of my preference as a snack. Or entree. Or main course. Or as dessert. Italian (Parmesan & mozzarela), French (all of them), Dutch (oud or geiten), Portuguese (coalho), Spanish (manchego), Brazilian (minas & prato) or Greek (feta), mmmm...
Do not mess up - aaargh!! - with my cheese !

Remy knows what real cheese tastes like.


Breigh said...

I'm pretty easy when it comes to cheese. I often can't even tell the difference between cheese like jong and belegen etc. I can tell the difference between what I call 'normal cheese' and cheese like mozzarella or feta but that's it haha

Cheese will never be my chocolate. mmmm chocolate!

Invader_Stu said...

Why would anyone want fake cheese? Real cheese is great.

Suzanne said...

Ha! Unbelievable that the land known for cheese blithely allows this fake stuff. Good to know this, I'll check those ingredient labels more closely.

Anita said...

Fake cheese is a plague. In the case of doubt read a label. WHen it is fake cheese the description is: "vegetable oil", "potato starch", "gelatine", etc. If you see different options of feta cheese on the shelf, you can bet that the cheaper one is not 100% cheese. My experience is that it happens mostly with mozarella, feta, parmesan and brie. If you prefer to pay less, fine: go to "fakecheese". If you are looking for cheese-cheese, then open your eyes, read the labels and make your choices.

~ Lopa said...

When we moved here, Initially it was so over-whelming with all these varieties of cheese ... never knew these many varieties existed until we were here.

Now a days usage of Fake cheese has spread so much
I will only say -
Who moved my cheese, ooops REAL cheese.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that the cheeses you buy in Holland in the shop are fake cheeses. However on fast/factory food (pizza, lasagne, pasta, ...) it's used most of the times instead of real cheese (or when you are lucky with a mix with some real cheese).


Anita said...

Willem: the grated cheese you bought last week was fake cheese. When you go to the supermarket this Saturday you can check it again. Today I bought a cheap camembert and it was 100% real. I keep reading the labels in as many languages I can.