Food Tips
Feb 2, 2007

Cheddar cheese

Cheddar cheese Author: Style At Home

Food Tips
Feb 2, 2007

Cheddar cheese

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.

The Canadian Living Recipes section has many delicious recipes featuring cheddar cheese.

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