Difference Between Feta and Goat Cheese: All You Need To Know

Feta and goat cheese are both popular types of cheeses. Each of them can also substitute for the other in recipes. It is also for this reason why it’s important to understand the difference between Feta and Goat cheese.

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What is Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese is a type of white curd cheese that’s brined. In Greece (its origin), Feta cheese is either made of sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep and goat’s milk. In Europe, Feta-like and Feta versions are made using cow’s milk (in part or in whole).

The texture of Feta cheese is semi-soft. It is also crumbly in texture, especially when aged. As for its taste, it’s quite salty – but you can rinse the cheese under running water if you want to wash off some of its saltiness.

Feta cheese is a versatile (and delicious) cheese that’s often included in salads and pastries. It can also be served as is as appetizer and side dish.

What is Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, which is made from goat’s milk, has a unique taste. Its flavor can be described as mildly tart and subtle in taste (not very salty).

To make Goat cheese, it can be curdled naturally and then drained. To achieve a more solid form, it can be pressed. It’s a semi-soft type of cheese, that’s why its form can be altered.

Goat cheese can also be made by adding an acidic ingredient (vinegar or lemon juice) to the milk mixture. The milk will then coagulate and slowly form into cheese during the curing process.

You can immediately consume freshly made Goat cheese. You can also allow it to age and become firmer. When aged, Goat cheese is typically brined to preserve the cheese.

Differences Between Feta Cheese and Goat Cheese

Difference #1 Nutritional Value

As with other types of food, cheese has its own pros and cons when it comes to its nutritional content. To differentiate between Feta and Goat cheese, remember these things:

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    Feta has fewer calories than Goat cheese. Feta only has 264 calories per 100 grams, while Goat cheese has 364 calories per 100 grams.
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    Feta has lower (total) fat content than Goat cheese. A serving of 100 grams of Feta cheese has 21 grams of fat while Goat cheese has 30 grams of fat per 100 grams.
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    Feta has higher cholesterol content than Goat cheese. A 100-gram serving of Feta contains 89 mg of cholesterol while a hundred-gram Goat cheese only has 79 mg cholesterol.
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    Feta is very high in sodium – a 100-gram serving contains 1,116 mg of sodium. On the other hand, a 100-gram serving of Goat cheese only carries around 515 mg of sodium.
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    Feta is low in protein – with only 14 grams of protein per 100-gram serving. Goat cheese contains higher protein since it carries around 22 grams protein per serving of 100 grams.
Goat cheese

Goat cheese

Note: Feta has a unique characteristic that sets it apart from other types of cheese. It comes with good bacteria (like those found in yogurts) that can combat Listeria (a type of bacteria).

Difference # 2 – Taste

All kinds of cheese really do taste good – and they all have their distinctive tastes. To compare the taste of Feta and Goat cheese, remember the following:

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    Feta cheese (Amazon) has a distinct taste, but its saltiness stands out. Its overall taste can also be described as strong, sharp, and quite tangy.
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    Goat cheese (Amazon) is milder in taste when compared to Feta cheese. Although it’s also tangy in taste, it carries some sweet notes that make it pleasing to the taste buds.

Difference #3 – Texture

Feta Cheese Recipe

Feta Cheese Recipe

Different types of cheese have different textures. Keep these things in mind when trying to distinguish between Feta and Goat cheese:

Feta is a firm type of cheese – that’s why it can be cubed and stored in brine as such. Although it’s semi-solid in its chunky form, it easily crumbles (especially when heated up). You see, Feta can be manually crumbled and added to dishes.

Unlike Feta cheese, Goat cheese is more delicate in nature. And because of this, it crumbles more easily than Feta cheese. Yes, Goat cheese is softer than Feta cheese.

Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese

Difference #4 – Ingredients

Milk is the main ingredient in making cheese. And milk can be sourced from cows, sheep, water buffalos, and goats. When it comes to their milk sources, Feta and Goat cheese are different because of the following:

Feta cheese ingredients can include these milk sources:

  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Cow

Greek-made Feta cheese uses sheep’s milk (70% or more) and goat’s milk (30% or less).

American-made Feta cheese uses milk from cows only.

Goat cheese is exclusively made from goat’s milk wherever it’s made (Greece, France, UK, Italy, etc.).

FAQs

Q: Is Feta goat cheese or cow?

Q: Can you substitute Feta for Goat cheese?

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Q: Is Blue Cheese Goat Cheese?

Goat Cheese Recipe

Goat Cheese Recipe

Top 3 Feta and Goat Cheese Recipes

Top 1 – Baked Feta and Goat Cheese Dip

Combining Feta and Goat cheese will result in a wonderful fusion of flavors. This particular recipe will make a dip and it involves baking (to melt the cheeses). You only need a few ingredients for this dip, such as the following:

  • Goat cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Olive oil

Here are the steps involved in making this recipe:

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    In a bowl, combine the Goat cheese and Feta cheese. Mix well (but allow a few lumps to remain).
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    Add chopped thyme to the cheese mixture.
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    Add olive oil.
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    Mix everything up until well combined.
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    Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe dish.
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    Drizzle some olive oil on top and put a small piece of thyme over the mixture.
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    Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes (until the cheese mixture is melted and the top is golden brown).
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    Serve with bread sticks.

Top 2 – Feta Cheese Vegetable Salad

Feta cheese goes well with a fresh vegetable salad. To make this particular recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • Feta cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Oregano (fresh)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • (optional) Romaine lettuce

For the dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Balsamic vinegar

Follow these steps to make this delicious salad recipe:

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    Prepare Feta cheese (cubed).
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    Peel, seed, and cut the cucumbers (cubes).
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    Dice the tomatoes.
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    Slice the red onion.
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    Cut olives in half.
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    Chop the parsley.
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    Chop the oregano.
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    (optional) Cut Romaine Lettuce into small pieces.
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    Mix everything in a bowl.
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    Add the dressing to the mixture.
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    Toss and serve.

Top 3 – Spinach Feta Omelet

Here’s a delicious, healthy omelet dish. You only need the following ingredients for this particular recipe:

  • Eggs
  • Feta cheese
  • Spinach
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder

Here are the steps to making the omelet:

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    Heat oil and butter in a pan.

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    Add in scrambled eggs (mixed with a little water).
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    Add the spinach.
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    Add ground pepper and garlic powder.
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    Add Feta cheese.
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    Fold the omelet over the filling and allow to cook for a few more minutes.
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    Turn off the heat and flip the omelet over to further cook (on residual heat).
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    Remove from the pan and serve.

Note: You can use Goat cheese instead of Feta cheese.

Feta Vs. Goat Cheese

I hope you learned a lot from this post and now know how to differentiate Feta cheese from Goat cheese. I have also provided you with recipes wherein you can use the 2 types of cheeses.

Remember, Goat cheese and Feta cheese can substitute for each other. You can therefore use any of these types of cheese even when only one of them is required in a recipe. If you ask me, they’re both good – and they’re both yummy!

Let me know which is your favorite cheese by leaving a message in the comment box below. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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