Cheddar is the most widely made cheese in the world and as a result it is often known by the derogatory title of mousetrap cheese. In fact top-quality Cheddar, both farmhouse and factory made is very good indeed but much of the mass-produced cheddar cheese is bland and rubbery, bordering on tasteless. A small amount of real is still made in the Cheddar area and in other parts of the southwest region of England. The cheese is traditionally drum-shaped and weighs up to 61 lbs, and is bound with a bandage to ensure a good hard grayish brown rind. Cheeses may be matured for anything from six to 18 months. Cheddar had a smooth and fairly hard texture, which should neither bend nor crumble. The paste is golden yellow in color, darkening a little with age. The flavor starts off fairly mild and meadow sweet with nutty tones, often with a light salty tang. It matures to a strong full, wonderfully nutty taste with a real piquancy to it. Older cheeses attack the tongue with their salty acidity.
The Classic Reserve is aged for 24 months and is the signature product of the Grafton Village Cheese Company. This raw milk cheddar is aged to release moisture while concentrating and developing its intense, complex flavor. The high butterfat from the Jersey cows provides a smooth creaminess to the tangy sharp bite of real Vermont cheddar. The texture is firm with fissures and cracks throughout the paste. The flavor is an outstanding example of acidic, biting cheddar with full flavor.
Ranked by experts alongside the otherwise incomparable English farmhouse cheeses, Black Diamond Cheddar is made from raw milk. Established in 1933 by Robert F. Hart, Black Diamond Cheese Limited has over 65 years experience of excellence in Cheese making. Their famous cheddar, aged 18 months to 2 years, comes out extra smooth. This is a world class cheese, and is awarded the blue ribbon prize yearly. Today, Black Diamond is probably Canada's most well known cheddar. Made from raw milk, this white cheddar encased in black wax has a sharp, robust, tangy flavor.
Basically unknown in the United States until a few years ago, chiptole peppers are dried and smoked jalepeno peppers. This creates a smokey sweet taste with plenty of heat. Which is combined with a classic cheddar cheese to provide a perfect medly of flavors.
The joys of cheddar abound in this low-fat variety by Cream Bay. While most low-fat cheddars are bland and chalky, this delightful creation retains much flavor and texture prized by cheddar lovers far and wide. Try this low- fat cheddar in wedges on fresh-sliced pears, or melted atop a hot veggie burger. You'll love what you taste! Also try our Cream Bay low fat Jalapeno Jack!
The makers of our Vintage Irish Cheddar Light, Kerrygold, have made a convincing albeit circuitous connection between ancient monks, Kerrygold reduced fat Vintage Irish Cheddar, and the rise of western civilization. Well, we don't know about that, but we do know that this cheese is excellent! Kerrygold's Reduced Fat Vintage Irish Cheese is matured for at least 12 months. The result of such patience is a connoisseurs' cheddar, with a rich, rounded, mature flavor and firm, smooth body. Nutritional Information: Serving Size - 1 oz (28g/about 1 inch cube), Amount Per 1 oz Serving - Calories 70, Calories from Fat 36, Total Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 2.8g, Saturated Fat 2.8g, Sugars 0g, Cholesterol 6.5mg, Protein 8.4g, Total Carbohydrate 0g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sodium 168mg