Ask The Cheese Team | Cheddar Cheese Facts

Cheddar Cheese Popular Questions

Can Cheddar cheese be frozen?

Yes, cheddar cheese can be frozen. Freezing cheddar cheese can help prolong its shelf life, but it may alter the texture slightly once thawed. It's best to wrap it tightly in cling film or aluminum foil before freezing to prevent freezer burn. When ready to use, allow the cheese to thaw in the refrigerator overnight for the best results this method helps ensure the cheese maintains its texture.

Can Cheddar cheese go off?

Yes, cheddar cheese can go off. Over time, it may develop mould, become discoloured, or develop an unpleasant smell. Proper storage in a cool, dry place can help prolong its freshness, but it's best to check for signs of spoilage before consuming. Keep your cheese wrapped and in the fridge, remove from the fridge approx 1-2 hours before serving. We ship orders of cheese with ice packs to keep them cool.

Can Cheddar cheese be made anywhere?

Yes, Cheddar cheese can be made anywhere, but authentic West Country Cheddar is made in the South West of England, particularly in Somerset. We are very proud of British cheeses and we champion the British Cheddar!

Can Cheddar cheese be left out?

Cheddar cheese can be left out for short periods, but it's best to store it in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and prevent it from spoiling. If shipping it then send it with frozen ice packs.

Can Cheddar cheese melt?

Yes, Cheddar cheese can melt. When subjected to heat, Cheddar cheese becomes gooey and creamy, making it ideal for melting in dishes like grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, or cheese sauces.

In addition to Cheddar, there are many other British cheeses that melt beautifully. Some popular options include:

  1. Red Leicester - Known for its mild, nutty flavor, Red Leicester melts smoothly and adds a vibrant orange hue to dishes.
  2. Double Gloucester - This rich and creamy cheese melts well and adds a lovely depth of flavor to melted cheese dishes.
  3. Lancashire - With its crumbly texture and buttery taste, Lancashire cheese melts beautifully, adding a creamy richness to dishes.
  4. Wensleydale - While Wensleydale is often crumbled over dishes, it can also be melted to create a creamy sauce or topping.
  5. Derby - Similar to Cheddar, Derby cheese melts easily and has a mild, slightly tangy flavor.

These cheeses can be used individually or combined to create deliciously melty dishes that are sure to please any cheese lover.