World of Cheese: English

England is home to some of the world's most famous cheeses. The most desired English cheeses are "farmhouse cheeses," or cheeses made on the farm instead of in the factory.
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Stilton

This is a blue cheese made with pasteurized cow's milk. Look for a creamy ivory cheese with generous veining and a dry, brown, coarse rind. Should be crumbly but firm enough to cut without falling apart and have a sharp aroma and a nutty, fruity taste. The best Stilton is made from summer milk and sold from September to December.

  • Serving Stilton: Traditionally served after dinner with a glass of port, a handful of black walnuts, or a crisp, ripe pear. A tasty snack on crackers or crusty bread; in salads; or mixed with cream cheese for a dip.
  • Storing Stilton: If you're only storing your Stilton for a week, simply wrap it in waxed paper or aluminum foil and refrigerate it. If you’re storing Stilton for longer than a week, wrap in several layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil, then freeze. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and allow the cheese to reach room temperature before serving.

 

 

Huntsman

This is a combination of Stilton and Double Gloucester, resulting in a combination of mild and pungent aromas and tastes as well as layers of orange-yellow and white-blue.

  • Serving Huntsman: Huntsman is a great appetizer. It’s delicious with ports and ales, sweet fruits, hearty vegetables, crackers, and bread.
  • Storing Huntsman: Wrap cheese tightly in foil and store in the lowest drawer of your refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Applewood Cheddar

This semi-hard, younger mild cheddar is created by scalding cow's milk twice. After scalding, it’s cut into small pieces, pressed, smoked with apple-wood chips, and sprinkled with paprika to give it a distinct flavor. Applewood cheddar has a burnt orange finish and a smoked, tangy taste.

  • Serving Applewood cheddar: Melt on pork chops or serve with apples and raisins. It’s also great as a snack, shredded in salads, in fondue and grilled cheese sandwiches, and as an accompaniment to fruit pies.
  • Storing Applewood cheddar: Wrap the cheese in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.