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.
“Give me leave to add further, that the grass of this country has a peculiar good quality, so that they make great store of cheese, more agreeable and better relish’d than those of any other parts of the kingdom, even when they procure the same dairy women to make them.”
Lancashire is one of the most traditional cheeses in Britain, and evidence suggest that cheeses of this kind were being made as far back as the 13th century. In 1939, there were more than 200 different producers in the country. Today, however, Kirkham’s is the only raw milk farmhouse Lancashire being produced anywhere in the world
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