If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying some Greek food and wondered, “How is feta cheese made?” you’re not alone. As one of the principal ingredients in our Greek food franchise, feta holds a special place in our hearts at The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill.
Rich in beneficial nutrients and delicious flavor, feta is a great way to add a creamy, tangy flavor to any dish. Customers have come to love our hearty and memorable meals that transport them to Greece (no passport necessary).
How Is Cheese Made?
In the U.S., cheese is commonly made from cow’s milk. Milk has two proteins: casein and whey, and when bacteria digest lactose (milk’s sugar), they produce lactic acid that causes the casein to curdle (or separate) and the milk to sour.
Most modern-day cheesemakers use an enzyme called rennet (or a substitute of bacteria and yeast) to curdle milk, which leaves behind the whey. Then, the whey is removed, salt is added, and the casein curds are heated to release more whey. Curds are then cooled, pressed into molds, and left to age for a certain amount of time, depending on the desired cheese outcome.
How Is Feta Cheese Made?
Feta is traditionally made with sheep’s milk, but in some cases, it can contain other types of milk. In the European Union, feta needs to contain at least 70 percent sheep’s milk and 30 percent or less goat’s milk. In the U.S., this rule doesn’t apply, so feta can be produced from other milk.
Like most other cheeses, feta is made using the same process detailed above. Feta curds are removed from molds after 24 hours, salted, and placed in containers for the aging process. After a few days, the feta is moved to new containers containing a salty brine, where it will age for at least another two months.
We Only Use the Best Ingredients
The Great Greek is proud to use only the freshest and finest ingredients in our dishes. Part of our appeal as a franchise is our successful track record, which comes from customer loyalty and our tried-and-tested operations.
The quality of our food is what anchors our business. Our big, bold Mediterranean flavors have translated well into our Greek food franchise. Along with feta, we use olive oil, whole grains, lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and spices to transport diners to Greece via our authentic, third-generation family recipes. The Great Greek’s menu is designed to please all palates while staying true to Mediterranean traditions.
When you offer fresh, delicious food, news travels fast. Our reputation is further solidified by our great portions, prices, and staff. Invest in a Greek food franchise with our established brand, and we’ll help you see a great return on your investment.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider a Greek food franchise with The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. Contact us today to learn more about what it takes to get started.