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