Cows Inc. - Cows Creamery

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar

Cheddar was originally made wheel-shaped and wrapped in cheesecloth. Armand Bernard is reviving this tradition, following in the style of great English farmstead Cheddars.

Winner, Aged Cheddar (1-3 years) Category, 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

Made by Cows Inc. - Cows Creamery

Cows Inc. cheeses are made with milk from local Prince Edward Island farms. Given that no point on the island is ever more than 20 miles or so from the sea, the salt air and iron-rich red soil add to the flavour and quality of the products.

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About this cheese

This Cheddar ages for 14 months in carefully monitored temperature and humidity conditions. The aroma and flavour is uniquely Prince Edward Island. Reminiscent of fresh potatoes, with a grassy sweetness and tangy finish, it is firm in texture and has rich, full-bodied flavour.

Pair it with...

wine

Pair with a sweet sake.

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wine

Pair with fruity red wines.

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wine

Pair with a Quebec hydromel.

beer

Pair with lagers.

Additional Information

Family Aged Cheddar
Texture Firm
Province Prince Edward Island
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Thermalized
Moisture 27%
Milk fat 37%
Distribution Federal

Keeping Cheese

Storage

Cheddar and Firm cheeses in general, will keep in the refrigerator for more or less 5 weeks. In fact, storage allows this cheese to further ripen and develop in flavour.

Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.

Plastic wrap is the most versatile, accessible and efficient way to preserve cheese freshness. It also provides the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge. Vacuum packs are another good option when storing Cheddar cheese in the refrigerator.

Freezing

Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
 You can freeze Cheddar cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.

Some Firm cheeses, such as Cheddar, Swiss and Emmental, store very well in the freezer after they have been grated.

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