Trader Joe’s AUTHENTIC GREEK FETA in brine


Imported, authentic feta cheese from Greece (sheep’s milk). Though it can be made from any milk sheep’s milk produces the best feta and this one has the wonderful around and tangy flavor along with a nice creamy but firm texture. I don’t find it salty, it’s just right. It is packaged with two large slabs covered in brine which is the way feta should be sold and kept in your fridge because brine keeps the texture of the feta.

There are a many types of feta cheese made in many countries and it’s made from the milk of different animals (cow, goat and sheep). Feta made from sheep’s milk is produced in France, Bulgaria, Israel and of course, Greece. Greek Feta may be the best of them all, though I like feta from the countries just mentioned. TJ has on occasion carried an Israeli feta (it came in a plastic bag, and was only available for a year or so. It was excellent! The Israeli feta TJ now sells in a dark blue plastic tub is not quite as good as this Greek one in a light blue tub but it’s pretty good.

One thing: the plastic tub the feta comes in is a bit tricky to open)! Only the very top part is a lid that comes off, once you have broken the seal by ripping a small plastic tab in one corner of the tub (look for that tab). Break the tab, then pry the top off carefully (on a counter so brine doesn’t fly out). Use a butter knife if you have to, to get the lid off. Once you open it a few times, it gets easier so don’t give up. The cheese is worth it. And by the way don’t throw out the brine – more on this later. Here’s just a few ideas on what you can do with feta cheese. I mean yes it’s delicious just by itself but it’s so versatile to have in the fridge to use with other things, like….

Greek Salad: Put a slab of feta on top of salad greens, chopped up cukes and tomatoes and voila, you have a Greek salad. Throw on some olives if you have them. Drizzle a good slug of very good Extra Virgin Olive Oil on and squeeze on fresh lemon juice. Grind on fresh black pepper. You can even vamp it up with more proteins like hard boiled eggs, drained canned tuna or sardines, or grilled chicken. Serve some good crusty bread and you have a lovely, super easy dinner in minutes.

Watermelon and Feta salad: Cubes of sweet watermelon with cubes of salty feta is a Genius combo. I’ve decided I don’t need olive oil on this, just the two ingredients and a grind of black pepper. But if you like with EVOO go for it. Fresh ground pepper is good with this.

Shakshuka and Feta: Use TJ’s frozen Shakshuka starter: add cubes of this feta as you cook it. Fantastic!

Feta cheese is often used in cooking: one of my favorite Greek dishes is “Garides mi Feta” (Shrimp with tomatoes and Feta) It’s fantastic!

The latest craze is that “Baked Feta Pasta” recipe that is making feta cheese hard to find so many people started looking for it, producers could not keep up!

As this feta is imported from Greece of course it costs more than the small pack of feta cheese TJ carries at $3 for 8 oz. which is pretty good if made from cows milk but it’s not great like this imported Greek one. This Greek feta is $6.49 for 10 oz (drained). So figure about $10/lb for a real “Product of Greece” feta, which is a decent price for real Greek feta. Honestly this stuff will make your meal or dish, so worth the occasional splurge.

Oh and remember I said keep that brine? You can actually use it. That milky feta brine actually has flavor. Melissa Clark in the New York Times put out a great recipe for chicken using brine, plus you can marinate chicken breasts in feta brine for 30-60 minutes;  Bake, broil, pan grill…! They will be SO juicy from the brining.

https://food52.com/recipes/69859-melissa-clark-s-feta-brined-roast-chicken

https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/primers/article/feta-guide

https://food52.com/blog/23031-how-to-use-feta-brine-water-salt-tricks-tips

RAVE

“You know how many kinds of feta exist? Thousands. Every place you go in Greece, they make feta” (Greek cheese monger in Astoria Queens)

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  3. Theodor Avitahl
    Apr 30, 2021 @ 17:19:52

    Have you discontinued the Trader Joe’s AUTHENTIC GREEK FETA in brine? WHY?! I liked and, for the last 1-2 months could not find anymore. In the store they tell me they have no idea if , or when, it is coming back.
    Thanks for your attention.

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    • promacnyc
      May 03, 2021 @ 15:09:37

      I don’t think it’s Discontinued, just Out Of Stock. Yesterday I saw no Greek or Isreali Feta in brine. Since that Tiktok recipe for Pasta with Feta and Cherry Tomatoes exploded all over the internet, there have been shortages of Feta cheese all over!! They can’t produce it fast enough to meet the demand. Go figure!

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  4. GunshipPilot 🌊🌊 (@RealFalcon10)
    Jun 27, 2021 @ 11:09:45

    Ridiculously difficult to open. Broke the tab in one corner – still won’t open. A really sharp knife can be used to cut open the top. Be careful. Then transfer contents to another container.

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  5. Ninette S Mordaunt
    Jul 17, 2021 @ 21:25:44

    Got it twice now but opening it takes a PHD in engineering. I’m not getting it any more for that reason.

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