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Cheddar Cheese

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Cheddar Cheese

• Truly authentic Cheddar cheese originates from the village of Cheddar, England.

• Cheddar is a cow’s milk cheese that has a taste which can range from mild to sharp depending on how long it has aged.

• Mild cheddars will be aged for about two to three months. Sharper-tasting cheddars are aged for about a year. Extra sharp cheddar cheese should be aged for at least eighteen months. Premium cheddar is the strongest tasting version and can be aged anywhere from two to five years!

How-to Videos

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

• When storing cheese, use wax paper instead of plastic wrap. It allows the cheese to breathe and protects the cheese from any plastic or fridge flavors!

• Try to keep your cheese stored in the crisper drawer, the temperature and humidity are ideal.

• If you want to freeze your cheddar, cut it into small ½ pound bits and wrap in airtight packaging. When you want to defrost it, thaw it in the refrigerator.

Cooking Tips

Next time you make yourself a grilled cheese ,use cheddar you shredded yourself instead of pre-shredded cheddar. Pre-shredded cheese can contain potato starch, cellulose powder and calcium sulfate.
When grating your cheese, spray some cooking spray on the grater to reduce the friction.

Health Benefits

Cheddar contains a lot of high quality protein and calcium. Calcium helps build your bones and teeth.

Food Science

• Cheese gets more crumbly and dry as it ages because the whey is evaporating. It will continue to evaporate, leaving a hard cheese behind.

• Cheddar has low moisture and high fat levels which makes it scorch easily at high heat. Consider a different cheese for dishes like pizza.

• People who are lactose intolerant can usually tolerate cheeses, with a lactose content below 2%, like an aged, dry cheddar.

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