3 things you may not know about cheddar cheese
- Annatto, a dye extracted from the tropical achiote or annatto tree, is frequently used to give cheddar an orange colour.
- In 1866, the mayor of Ingersoll, Ontario, had a 7,000-pound cheese produced; it was then exhibited in New York and Britain to increase awareness of Canada's cheddar-producing industry.
- In Australia, cheddar cheese is often called Tasty Cheese.
2 ways to try cheddar cheese right now
- Melting in your mouth in a fresh-baked rustic cheese bread.
- Adding smoothness and texture to a pear and apple salad with nuts.
2 tips you can't live without
- Serve cheddar at room temperature, as coldness draws out the oils, which changes the flavour and the texture.
- Old and extra old cheddar are best for soups, since they both add flavour and texture. Finely grate cheddars and add slowly to hot broth, stirring constantly.
2 great places to feed your inner cheddar addict
- Balderson Village Cheese and Country Store near Perth, Ontario
- Saint-Prime, Quebec's Musée du Fromage Cheddar
1 thing to remember at the grocery store
- Look for a waxy exterior, good all-over texture, and a clean aroma.
2 essential tools for cheddar cheese
- OXO Good Grips Rotary Cheese Grater.
- Vintage cheese boards; serve cheddar on the board with 3 or 4 other cheeses made from different milks.