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Applewood Smoked Cheddar

 

 

 

APPLEWOOD SMOKED CHEDDAR

 

Origin:

England - Somerset.

 

Type:

Cow's milk - pasteurised semi hard/soft

 

Fat content:

45%

 

History:

Cheddar is the most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world. Cheddar cheeses originated in England, however, today, they are manufactured in many countries all over the world.  Legend has it that Cheddar was discovered accidentally in Somerset when a local milkmaid left a pail of milk in the Cheddar Gorge caves for safety.  When the maid returned later to collect the milk, she found that it had turned into a tasty substance, and Cheddar cheese was born.  In recent years English Cheesemakers have developed a varied range of flavoured Cheddars - Applewood being the smoked variety.

 

Characteristics:

Applewood smoked cheddar is a fairly dense semi-hard cheese. Applewood is not smoked, but is instead treated with an artificial smoke flavouring. The cheese is coated with mild paprika, giving it a golden-amber appearance. The cheese itself is rather soft in some cases, making it difficult to grate. The flavour of the cheese, although smoked, does not leave an aftertaste.

 

Related Cheeses

Smoked Emmental, Smoked Gouda

 

Appropriate Wines

Spicy wines, such as Zinfandel, Syrah, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

Bottom line

Nothing beats artisanal cheeses smoked over a wood fire.  However, this is a good alternative.

 

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