A creamy goat’s milk cheese from Davao, the Malagos Feta Tricolore boasts a tangy taste from brining. Homegrown rosemary and red pepper flakes are added into the cheese, elevating it to new heights and flavors.
The Malagos Feta Tricolore is so flavorful that it can definitely be eaten on its own. Pair it with a good Cabernet Sauvignon, like this one from Cousiño-Macul.
But this Davao goat’s milk cheese also works incredibly as a dip. Try this baked feta recipe, and serve it as appetizer for your next get-together.
Cheese making has been around possibly as long as humans have. And feta is no different. It may even have been one of the salted foods traders shipped by sea in ceramic jars in Bronze Age Canaan.
But the first documentation of the preservation of cheese in brine comes from 2nd century BC, in Cato the Elder’s Di Agri Cultura.
And feta cheese, specifically, was documented in the 11th century, but in a different name—prósphatos, meaning “recent” or “fresh,” and was made by the Cretans. The actual Greek word “feta” only became widespread around the 19th century, and means “slice,” referring to how the cheese is cut before being packed in barrels.
Cheeses (except brined ones in jars) should be stored in the crisper or the butter drawer of a refrigerator, not on the shelves themselves. This is to help regulate their temperature and humidity levels—and prevents the formation of mold. Once opened, they should not be kept in their original packaging. Soft cheeses with delicate rinds need to breathe, so they are best placed in glass containers lined with paper towels to absorb extra moisture. Leave the lid open a tiny bit for air to circulate and don’t forget to write up a label with the date you first opened the package. Kindly pay attention to the best before date label when you receive your cheese. Consume prior to date indicated.