If faced with the question, “What could you do in 1000 days?” how would you respond? Would you raise a couple of guide dog puppies? Would you immerse yourself in a foreign language so you could converse with an international crowd? Would you write the great American novel? Or would you make cheese?
Some deliciously talented Dutch artisans made cheese. Trader Joe’s 1000 Day Gouda to be specific. Most Gouda is young and carefree, but this cheese is quite mature and full of purpose. It’s crafted in the traditional manner, using fresh milk from the Dutch countryside. It is allowed to ripen on untreated wooden shelves, where it is hand turned by the cheese master to ensure even flavor and consistent texture throughout each wheel. At 1000 days, it has lost 25% of its original weight, and has reached its potential as a full-flavored, somewhat crumbly cheese replete with fine crystals that give it a bit of crunch.
When we first introduced this cheese, way back in 2011, it was intended to be a Spotlight cheese, in and out of our stores in a month or less. Well, that happened, and then all manner of chaos broke out in our cheese section. There was talk of mutiny unless the 1000 Day Gouda came back. And so it did. And it has continued to delight turophiles ever since.
We’re selling 1000 Day Gouda in wedges of about eight ounces for $11.99 a pound, every day.
Ingredients: Pasteurized Cow's Milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet, Annatto added for color