Known for its staple use in Mac’N’Cheese and as a substitute for Gouda or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; Cheddar is the second most popular cheese in the US. However, cheddar cheese doesn’t enjoy protected status with the exception of West Country Farmhouse Cheddar. Cheddar is preferred for its wide diversity in flavor. Cheddar comes in two forms, by traditional wheel or in block form. Cheddar cheese can also be paired with wine excellently.
- Cheddar is the second most popular cheese in the U.S. after mozzarella.
- “But traditional clothbound Cheddars are more complex, often meaty, earthy, dank, more acidic and crumbly.”
- “Definitely go with a big red if you’re serving a clothbound Cheddar,” says Rachel Freier, beverage director for Murray’s Cheese Bar, the restaurant that adjoins Manhattan’s famous Murray’s Cheese shop.
“The minimum milk fat content is 50% by weight of the solids, and the maximum moisture content is 39% by weight.”