Cheddar cheese has a rich, nutty and creamy flavor that becomes increasingly sharp and complex with age. Made with cow’s milk, our cheddar has a smooth firm texture and crumbles with age. Choose from our selection of cheddar cheese - perfect for cheese boards, fondues, or a wide range of recipes.
What is Cheddar Cheese?
Cheddar is a popular cheese, known for its rich, nutty and creamy flavor. Cheddar has been produced since the 12th century and is considered one of the most popular types of cheese.
Where is Cheddar Cheese From?
Cheddar cheese originated in the village of Somerset in South West England. The first cheddar cheeses were made on the edge of the village called Cheddar Gorge. The numerous caves provided the ideal humidity and stable temperature for maturing the cheese.
What Does Cheddar Cheese Taste Like?
Cheddar has a buttery and milk taste with a beige to yellow interior and is one of the most easily digested cheeses. Cheddar cheese flavor varies depending on how long they are aged - the longer they age the more sharp and crumbly they become.
What is Cheddar Cheese Made From?
Cheddar cheese is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. They range in flavor, texture and color depending on how long they are aged.
Is Cheddar a Hard or Soft Cheese?
Cheddar is considered a hard cheese. Hard cheeses are aged - the longer Cheddar is aged, the harder and more crumbly it becomes.
HOW TO EAT CHEDDAR
There are tons of ways to enjoy cheddar cheese, although the most common is to simply eat it in slices, paired with crackers or in a recipe.
How To Cut Cheddar Cheese
To cut cheddar cheese, you’ll want to remove the rind if there is one.. Once any coverings are removed, simply cut the cheese into slices or wedges. It can also be grated for use in or on recipes. For medium-hard cheese you can use a wire slicer. For more aged, crumbly cheddars you’ll want to use wide, rectangular blades.
Cheddar Cheese Recipes
cheddar can be used in a wide variety of recipes. It is popular in mac and cheese, paired with fall flavors like apple and butternut squash, or even just on sandwiches. Check out our favorite cheddar recipes below:
Cheddar Wine and Beer Pairings
Cheddar is a popular addition to a cheese board, so it is often paired with wine or beer. The age of cheddar may affect what it goes best with; typically, white wine pairs better with younger, sweeter cheddars, while red wines pair better with an aged cheddar. Both red and white wines can be paired with cheddars of all ages, however, depending on the flavors.
With both wine and beer, pick a pairing that has complementary flavor. If you’re eating a sharp, aged cheddar, then a darker, nutty ale pairs well. For lighter, younger cheddar, pick a lighter beer or slightly fruitier beer or wine.
Cheddar Cheese Red Wine Pairings:
Cheddar Cheese White Wine Pairings:
Cheddar Cheese Beer Pairings:
American Amber Lager
Cheddar Cheese Board Pairings
If you’re using cheddar as one part of a cheese board, there are certain cheeses and other charcuterie that it pairs well with. Since cheddar has a rich, nutty flavor, it goes well with other cheeses like Brie, Blue Cheese, Gouda and Parmesan.
Does cheddar Melt?
Yes - cheddar melts well. It can be melted into a grilled cheese, sprinkled over a dish to melt, or made into a fondue.