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Cheese - White mild cheddar

White mild cheddar

History

The cheese originates from the village of Cheddar in Somerset South West England and it has been produced since the 12th century.

Cheddar cheese could vary in color, texture and aroma; however the original cheese is relatively hard, pale yellow to off-white, and sometimes sharp-tasting.

Cheddar is produced in many countries, most of it is produced in England and USA, however there is just one DOP Cheddar recognized by the European Community and it is the West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.

車打芝士源於12世紀,英國西南部的小村莊,時至今天,英、美以及多國均有出產車打芝士,而以West Country Farmhouse Cheddar的出產獲DOP認證。

Production

During the production phase a unique phase is the “cheddaring” phase where, after heating, the curd is kneaded with salt, cut into cubes to drain the whey then stacked and turned. Cheddar curing period varies from 3 to 18 months and the cheddar cured for longer time has a firmer and stronger aroma compared to the younger ones.

製作過程中,有獨特的”cheddaring”程序,意即在加熱後凝乳中捏上鹽,切成立方體以排去乳清,層疊起來並轉動。風乾時間為3-18個月,風乾時間越長,香味越強烈濃郁。

How it taste.

Cheddar was defined by one of its first producer as firm in texture, yet mellow in character or quality;  rich with a tendency to melt in the mouth, the flavour full and fine, approaching to that of a hazelnut.

Cheddar comes to the public in different colors, however most of this is due to the usage of coloring additives. The most important feature to define the taste of the Cheddar is the curing time, it could vary from mild to sharp based on the curation period.

車打芝士的發明者認為此芝士應是質感結實而個性温和,入口香氣濃郁而且可以溶化於口中,帶有榛子的味道。

Serving

Cheddar goes perfectly with sandwiches, salads and oven dishes.

It could be used in cheese platters with other cheeses as the Double Gloucester, Blue Stilton, Gouda, etc…

- 三文治/沙律/烤焗食品

- 芝士拼盤(可配Double Gloucester, Blue Stilton, Gouda等芝士)

 

Wine Pairing

Based on the type of Cheddar, (mild, medium, sharp, smoked) different wines or beers could be chosen.

White wines as Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay are perfect for White Mild Cheddar, while red wines as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvigon go well with more aromatic cheddar as the sharp or smoked cheddar.

White Mild Cheddar could be enjoyed with beer and cider as to have an authentic match from its country of origin, England.

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