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Frequently Asked Questions about cheese

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How many liters of milk are are used to make one kilo of cheese?

About ten liters of milk are used for one kilo of cheese. The exact amount depends on the type of cheese.

Where can I find information about nutritional values and ingredients of your products?

For nutritional values and ingredients of our brands, we refer you to our brand sites. For Old Amsterdam and Maaslander take a look at  www.oldamsterdam.nl or www.maaslander.nl

The slices of my pre-sliced cheese are sticking together. Why is that?

Westland Kaas sets high demands for the smoothness of its cheeses. This is important for the flavor and makes sure that drier cheeses do not become too tough. This smoothness sometimes makes slices stick together.
Because cheese is a natural product, the season and aging process can also cause slices to become sticky. For your convenience a piece of paper is put in between the slices to prevent stickiness with those cheese types that tend to stick.

There is mold on my cheese. Why is that and can I still eat the cheese?

Molds are in the air everywhere. When cheese is stored in an opened package or when it was bought freshly sliced, the product may become moldy.

If you find mold on pre-packaged cheese before you have opened the packaging, then there was probably a leak in the packaging. You can return this cheese to our Customer Service Department. If you send us your name and contact details and a short description of your complaint, you will receive a response from us within two weeks of receipt.


The molds are generally harmless; however it is not advisable to eat them. When there is a slight layer of mold on the cheese, you can simply cut it off (approximately one centimeter around the mold) and still eat the cheese.

There are white spots on the cheese. What is this?

This is particularly the case with older cheese types, such as Maaslander matured and old and Old Amsterdam. The white spots you can see are crystals from the ripening process and you can just go ahead and eat them.

Where can I find cheese recipes?

For cheese recipes we refer you to www.oldamsterdam.nl and www.maaslander.nl

Which cheese types does Westland produce?

Westland makes semi-hard sliced cheeses in the following maturity variations: Young, Young-Mature, Mature, Extra-Mature and Old. Westland also has a number of cheeses with herbs. For example, cumin, mustard-dill and tomato-basil are also sold in the Netherlands.

Where can I buy Westland cheeses?

Westland cheeses are available in nearly every Dutch supermarket. But even when you are on vacation, you can often still enjoy our cheeses. Of course you can find our Old Amsterdam cheese in our neighboring countries, but you can also buy it in America and even on Isla Margarita. You can buy our Westlife cheeses in Belgium and Germany (Westlite).

Cheese and health

Is cheese healthy?

Cheese has, among other things, essential proteins and calcium; cheese is very healthy. However, cheese also has saturated fat. This type of fat is less healthy for you, but with a sufficiently varied diet you can just eat cheese.

I have diabetes. Can I eat cheese?

It is important that diabetics do not eat too many carbohydrates (sugars in nutrition) at once. It is a good idea to spread the intake of carbohydrates over an entire day as much as possible. It is also important to try to limit fat intake. For cheese this means the following: choose Leyden 20+ cheese or 30+ cheese instead of full-cream cheese (48+ and 60+ cheese, cream cheese). Everyone is different and has a different eating pattern. If you are in doubt, contact your dietician or general practitioner.

Which cheese can I eat when Im on a low protein diet?

It is best to not eat any cheese. If you still like to eat cheese, we advice a 48+ Gouda cheese, because this contains less protein than 30+ cheese.

How much fat does cheese have?

The fat in cheese consists for one third of healthy unsaturated fats and two thirds of saturated fats, which are less healthy for you. The indications 48+, 30+, do not indicate there is 48% or 30%  fat in the cheese; these are legal product descriptions. Rule of thumb: for cheese that you can slice you take two thirds of the + indication to estimate the total fat percentage (so 48+ = 32% fat, 30+ = 20% fat). To know exactly how much fat you are really eating, its advised to read the nutritional labels on the packaging. These will tell you exactly how many grams of fat are in 100 grams of cheese.

I have to follow a diet that is low in saturated fat. Can I still each cheese?

With a diet that is low in cholesterol it is important to eat polyunsaturated fatty acids. These can be found in, for example, vegetable products. Cheese is product of animal origin. It only contains a limited amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids. If you are in doubt, contact your dietician or general practitioner.

Im pregnant. Can I eat cheese?

Yes, when you are pregnant you can eat most Dutch cheeses as long as the cheese was made of pasteurized milk. Cheese is even an important source of nutrients, such as calcium. However, it is not recommended to use foreign soft, raw milk cheeses (au lait cru) during pregnancy. Soft raw milk cheeses are hardly ever produced in the Netherlands. Westland cheeses are all made of pasteurized milk.

Allergy

Im allergic to gluten. Can I eat cheese?

Yes, you can as cheese contains no gluten, not even in the rind.

Im allergic to cows milk protein. Can I eat cheese?

 

No, unfortunately not since cheese does contain cows milk protein. You may be able to try cheese replacements made of soy.

I suffer from lactose intolerance. Can I eat cheese?

In general, people with lactose intolerance can eat cheese. Dutch cheese types (semi-hard and hard cheeses) contain traces of lactose, but the amount is not evident. The longer a cheese ripens, the lower the amount of lactose. So older cheese contains less lactose than young cheese.

Info for children

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