11 reasons why we adore cheddar!
With June 4th being National Cheese day, we thought we’d put together a few flavorsome facts, combos, and cheddar cheese recipes to celebrate this festival of all things cheesy.
Cheddar cheese mining – As one of the oldest cheddar cheese-making families in the world our distinctive creamy, sharp cheddar is still handcrafted using time-honored methods. 500 years ago the precious cheddar would be stored in the nearby caves of Cheddar Gorge, which had exactly the right temperature and humidity for perfectly maturing the cheese!
By Presidential order – US President Andrew Jackson had a famous taste for sharp cheddar – once serving a mammoth 1,400 Ib block of cheddar to his guests at a White House reception.
Cheese making by rule of thumb – It’s the experienced hands of the Barber family’s expert cheese makers which put our cheddar on the path to becoming a taste-bud tingling delight. Turning the curd by hand – or ‘cheddaring’ – these skilled artisans use the accumulated knowledge and expertise of six generations to produce a sharp cheddar of rare quality.
A taste of heaven – Used in cheese recipes across the world, the taste of a good cheddar was described by ‘the father of cheddar cheese’, Joseph Harding, as “…rich with a tendency to melt in the mouth, the flavor full and fine…” We couldn’t agree more.
An all-American favorite – Enjoy that most comforting of American soul-food, Mac and cheese, with the added creamy bite of a good, sharp cheddar cheese. Full of tangy flavor this is truly a simple cheddar cheese recipe to relish!
The Ploughman’s relish – For a simple, supper why not try the full-flavor of our traditional cheddar with just a hunk of good, rustic bread and a spoonful of fruity relish or chutney? A real taste of olde England!
Give the turf some tang – What could be better than the taste of prime beef partnered with a sumptuous yet sharp cheddar topping? From a mouth-watering steak to a burger straight off the griddle, melted cheddar adds a touch of delicious delight.
Color me surprised! – Color, in the form of spices or plant extracts, was originally added to Cheddar to show where it had come from. Nowadays, we just rely on simple packaging!
Mature or vintage? – To be properly called ‘Vintage’ proper English cheddar must be matured for at least 15 months. This gives our sharp cheddar its characteristic powerful kick, balanced with a touch of creaminess.
A ‘grate’ tip for cheddar cheese recipes – Mature or vintage Cheddars cook best if grated, shredded or finely crumbled over a low heat.
Cheddar candles? Traditionally cheddar cheese was coated in wax for preservation. This protected the cheese during export to the US (presumably customers could then recoup some money by making candles out of the wax once they’d enjoyed the contents!)
So, that’s our few crumbs of vintage cheddar wisdom for National Cheese Day! Did it inspire you to break out the Westminster cheddar and crackers?Sign up to our newsletter for the latest inspiration and giveaways!