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Goat & Sheep cheese?

howlsthunder

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
Hey all!

I have some food intolerances (gluten, corn, soy - all of which I've read up on in the forums and am not daunted by) -- and cow dairy. Luckily I can eat all the goat and sheep cheeses I want! Problem is, I do not speak any Spanish (and minimal French). Does anyone know about cheese selections in Spain and if it is easy to find goat/sheep cheese and what it might be named?

I'll be starting my walk in April and look forward to everything. :)
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Lots of goat and sheep cheese, some of the best in the world!
Goat cheese is Queso de cabra. It´s available everywhere, in "rulo" rolled form, or in rounds, or slices.
Sheep´s cheese is Queso de oveja. This is the local cheese out here in the meseta where I live.
It comes in varieties: Curado, (cured) which is sharp and hard and very good with tinto wine; Semi, or semi-curado, which is half-cured, great on sandwiches and travels well; and Tierno, fresh cheese. Soft and gentle, no knife needed to slice it. Great with fruit!
Cow´s milk cheese is lovely too, it is Queso de Vaca. Cheese labeled "Mezcla" is a mix of different types of milk.
 

howlsthunder

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
Lots of goat and sheep cheese, some of the best in the world!
Goat cheese is Queso de cabra.
Sheep´s cheese is Queso de oveja.
Cow´s milk cheese is lovely too, it is Queso de Vaca. Cheese labeled "Mezcla" is a mix of different types of milk.
Thank you for the information! Definitely going in my notes. It can be difficult to find good cheese where I live in Alaska, especially affordable goat/sheep cheese. I'm looking forward to experiencing all the [qualifying] cheese I can get my hands on. :)
 

Allyson Hughes

just one more...
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances fall of 2017
Le Puy en Velay Aug-Sept 2019 and
Camino Frances Sept.-November 2019
Basque cheese is said to be the best goat and sheep cheese in the world. BTW....there are pictures on the animal which it comes from on most of the cheese packaging....which makes it easier to buy! I am one of those who did the Camino carrying fresh bread from the panaderias and fresh cheese and prosciutto or salami. Delicious!! Buen Camino.
 

howlsthunder

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
Basque cheese is said to be the best goat and sheep cheese in the world. BTW....there are pictures on the animal which it comes from on most of the cheese packaging....which makes it easier to buy! I am one of those who did the Camino carrying fresh bread from the panaderias and fresh cheese and prosciutto or salami. Delicious!! Buen Camino.
Oh wow, that sounds marvelous! Maybe I'll be able to find some gluten-free bread, but in the meantime fruits and meats will do the trick! I really cannot explain how excited I am about the cheese - it was one of my favorite foods most of my life until we discovered that a lot of my chronic pain issues came from cow dairy. For a brief while there was a local goat farmer who sold cheese but they moved away about 10 years ago. CHEESE!!!!
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Check your local regulations but as New Zealand is one of the most restrictive countries for bringing food into and they allow cheese, you may be able to take some home with you. We always take some (a lot) home - and even after six months the curado and semicurado are still perfectly edible, if a little dry.
 

kaixo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2012
Norte 2012
Geneva/Le Puy/SJPP/Bilbao 2015
Prague/Geneva ?
You are in for a cheese treat. Lots of deliciousness to be found in España!
One of my favorite sheeps-milk cheese is Manchego.
Read here for more.
And if you are walking the Norte, you will pass by a big sign for another delicious sheeps-milk cheese, Idiazabal.
Read here for more.
And the list goes on and on.
Buen provecho y buen camino.
 
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intrepidtraveler

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
Even if you can't remember the Spanish words for goat and sheep cheese, the wrappers usually have a picture of the appropriate animal on them to aid in selection.
 

julia-t

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015-17
Kumano Kodo March 2018
Camino Portuguese Valenca-SdC April 2018
I bought some wonderful sheep's milk cheese from the white van man who sells coffee and snacks up on the crossing over the Pyrenees, some km after Orisson.

And I had many many meals (picnics and in bars) of bread, jamon, manchego and olives. Plus wine of course! I am so looking forward to going back to Spain in April.
 

howlsthunder

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
Thank you for all the advice, everyone! I'm taking notes and am really looking forward to this trip. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francis SJPDP-SDC (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) , Norte 2018
Pilgrim Office 2018, Hospitalero Acebo 2019
Lots of goat and sheep cheese, some of the best in the world!
Goat cheese is Queso de cabra. It´s available everywhere, in "rulo" rolled form, or in rounds, or slices.
Sheep´s cheese is Queso de oveja. This is the local cheese out here in the meseta where I live.
It comes in varieties: Curado, (cured) which is sharp and hard and very good with tinto wine; Semi, or semi-curado, which is half-cured, great on sandwiches and travels well; and Tierno, fresh cheese. Soft and gentle, no knife needed to slice it. Great with fruit!
Cow´s milk cheese is lovely too, it is Queso de Vaca. Cheese labeled "Mezcla" is a mix of different types of milk.
Hello Rebekah!!! This discussion on Cheese by you is very good and helpful!! Thank you and good to see you on the forum adding value to the questions!!! Ed and patty
 

Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
This is the type of conversations I like! One of my most important bags on El Camino was the one containing my daily ration of Queso de Vaca, Jamon Curado, and my bar of chocolate. Stop, eat a few pieces, drink some water, keep on walking! Good luck, y que la luz de Dios alumbre su camino.
 

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