St-Albert Cheese Co-op

Cheddar Extra Old (5 Years) - St-Albert

Originally founded in 1894, five generations of farmers and craftsmen have developed and maintained St-Albert Cheese Co-Operative's reputation for producing high-quality Cheese & Cheddar.

Winner, Aged Cheddar (more than 3 years) Category, 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

Made by St-Albert Cheese Co-op

Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors stop by the St-Albert shop to buy delicious cheeses and local products. In 2013, the St-Albert Co-op was destroyed by a devastating fire. In 2014, as the Co-op was ready to mark its 120th anniversary, it emerged from the ashes with one goal in mind: to honour tradition by continuing to produce some of the best dairy products in the country.

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About this cheese

St-Albert Extra Old Cheddar (5 Years) was the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Winner in the Aged Cheddar (More Than 3 Years) Category. The crumbly and rich texture, sharp and fully mature Cheddar taste develops from five years of natural aging. This cheese offers a complex spectrum of flavours - salt, nutty and slightly fruity.

Pair it with...

food

Delicious with apples or cauliflower.

beer

Pair with dark beers.

tea

Pair with Black Currant tea. (Blended with Chinese black tea)

See pairings article

wine

Pair with apple brandy.

See pairings article

Additional Information

Family Aged Cheddar
Texture Firm
Province Ontario
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Thermalized
Moisture 39%
Milk fat 31%
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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