The Farm House Natural Cheeses

Traditional Clothbound Cheddar

The Traditional Clothbound Cheddar got the title of best BC Cheese, and won 1st place at the 2014 Canadian Cheese Awards in the Aged Cheddar Category. (1 to 3 year old)

Winner, Aged Cheddar (9 months to a year) Category, 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

Made by The Farm House Natural Cheeses

The Farm House Natural Cheeses is located in the lush Fraser Valley of British Columbia. It is a family farm that is also home to Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows that provide all the milk used to make their cheese.

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About this cheese

Using the traditional clothbound method, Farm House Natural Cheeses is one of the few cheese makers in Canada making Cheddar in this style. Handmade, using the cheddaring process, curds get placed in a 10 kg cloth-lined mould. After pressing, the cloth gets rubbed in lard to protect the cheese, which also creates earthy and complex flavours, with a balance of sharpness and floral notes.

Pair it with...

wine

Pair with apple brandy.

See pairings article

beer

Pair with dark beers.

food

Delicious with apples or cauliflower.

wine

Pair with full-bodied red wines.

See pairings article

Additional Information

Family Old Cheddar
Texture Firm
Province British Columbia
Rind type No Rind
Milk type Pasteurized
Moisture 38%
Milk fat 32%
Distribution Provincial

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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