In order to be considered an English Farmhouse Cheddar, the cheese must be made in the United Kingdom’s under specific circumstances that uphold both the exquisite flavor and texture of the cheese, as well as its historical tradition.
Farmhouse Cheddar at any age is characterized by a captivating duality of sweet and sharpness; supported by savory and nutty notes in the background. However, as it ages, this cheese becomes drier and crumblier; the flavor intensifies and becomes deeper, with bolder hints of salt.
When it’s young, use this cheddar as a slicing or melting cheese, perfect for every day use. But when the cheese starts to get past a few years of age, and the flavors become more complex, serve this cheese as the main attraction. As part of a cheese platter, this cheddar can either be mixed with other savory accoutrement, or it can serve as the salty in a salty and sweet combination. Try serving it with slices of pear and dried fruits with lots of natural sweet syrups.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.