About Cheddar Cheese | Malta
Cheddar cheese is very popular in the Maltese Islands. This particular cheese is tough, pale-yellow in color and is also sometimes sharp-tasting. It originated in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset. The cheese produced in this style is also produced further beyond the English region.
Cheddar is one of the most popular type of cheese in the UK. It occupies a staggering 51% of the country’s cheese market. It is also similarly popular in the U.S.A. , ranking in 2nd.
A Brief History of Cheddar Cheese
The cheese started being produced in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, located in the South West section of England. Almost a millennium ago, a farmer in this village, came up with a way to make this type of cheese. The process is now known as “Cheddaring”. In this process, the farmer used to knead the salted curd and then cut it into slabs. The cheese used to be layered and further compressed into large blocks. This process created the density and texture which cheddar cheese became famous for in Cheddar Gorge. The Gorge can be found on the edge of the village and it contains a number of caves, all of which possess the right levels of humidity and temperature to help this cheese mature. Cheddar cheese traditionally had to be made within 30 miles of the village’s Wells Cathedral to be classified as authentic cheddar cheese.
Different Variations of Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar cheese, by tradition, is always aged differently according to which type is being produced. Different ages produce different tastes:
- Mild Cheddar
- Medium Cheddar
- Sharp, Old and Extra-Old Cheddar
Aged for at least three months and has a mild cheddar taste.
Aged for four to nine months, this cheese taste quite strongly of cheddar.
Aged anywhere between nine months and seven years, a particular and sharp taste of cheddar is produced by this cheese.
How Cheddar Cheese is Made
Milk is heated and a whey solution is added to it while it’s cooling. It is then fermented and forms a curd. The curds and whey are then separated by use of rennet (a chemical produced in the stomach of calves)
One of the things which sets cheddar apart, is the “Cheddaring Process” . This process is an additional step in the production of cheddar cheese. After being heated, the curd is kneaded with salt and cut into cubes. It is then allowed to drain and is later stacked and turned. The cheese is then kept at a constant temperature and humidity. Strong, extra-mature cheddar (vintage cheddar), needs a maturity period of 15 months, whereas other variations of cheddar may be smoked to produce a smooth smokey taste.
Cheddar Cheese With Food
- Macaroni and Cheese:
- In Bread:
- In a cheese platter:
Boiled pasta mixed with parsley and melted cheddar cheese.
Served with either solid on normal or melted on toasted bread and in sandwiches.
Compliments a fine selection of cheese and stands out from the rest by producing a very particular taste, appreciated fully by cheese enthusiast’s
Where to buy Cheddar Cheese in Malta
You can buy cheddar cheese at Park Towers Supermarkets in St Julian’s and St Venera, as well as many other fresh products, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and anything else you may need. Park Towers Supermarkets stocks a wide variety of different brands and fresh foods, so there’s always something for everyone.
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