We regularly visit cheesemakers to taste and select the batches of cheese we want to mature. A visit to the farm is an invaluable opportunity to understand the seasonal changes affecting the cheese. These short films endeavored to bring you a step closer to the cheesemaker.
To write a brief history of Cheddar cheese, it makes sense to start with a description of what Cheddar cheese is and how it came into being. Sadly, neither of these tasks is easy to accomplish. Despite being one of the most popular and widely-consumed types of cheese in the world, Cheddar has both uncertain origins, and no fixed recipe that must be adhered to in its production.
Last weekend, Radio 4’s Food Programme featured Neal’s Yard Dairy’s buyer and technical manager Bronwen Percival in its episode on the history and future of cheesemaking. Bronwen spoke about the hidden role of naturally-occurring milk microbes in promoting unique and diverse flavours within cheese.
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