How easy it is to cut Gouda depends on how long it has been aged. Gouda cheese is aged anywhere from several weeks to several years before it is sold. Fresh Gouda is softer and can be cut using a wire cheese slicer. Gouda that has aged for a long time needs a sharp knife. Named after the city in the Netherlands where it originated, Gouda is a yellow cheese made from cow's milk. It tends to be mild and works well in sandwiches or on cheese platters.
Things You'll Need
Cutting Soft Gouda
Remove the Gouda cheese from the refrigerator one hour before you plan to cut it.
Place the wire cheese slicer on the top edge of the cheese. Adjust the slicer so the corner of the cheese lies between the wire and the roller.
Pull the wire cheese slicer across the top of the cheese from left to right, creating a thin slice of Gouda.
Cutting Aged Gouda
Put a cutting glove on your non-dominant hand
Place the blade of a cheese knife at the edge of one side of the cheese using your dominant hand. Adjust the position of the knife for the thickness of the slice you want.
Slice down to cut an even slice through the cheese.
Use a cheese knife, if you have one, because it is is curved and has slots to help prevent the blade from sticking to the cheese.
Always take care when using knives and slicers. Use a cutting glove to protect your hands from the blade.