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