What is aged white cheddar?
Aged white cheddar is a cheese produced through the cheddaring process but has not been dyed orange. To make cheddar cheese, cheesemakers first separate the curds from the whey and then form the curds into large blocks. The blocks are repeatedly stacked and flipped to release more whey and form a denser curd. The curd is eventually milled to produce smaller curds which can be pressed into molds to age. Cheddar cheese grows sharper in flavor the longer it ages. Mild cheddars are aged 3 to 6 months, while extra sharp cheddar cheese is aged up to 24 months or longer. Orange cheddar cheese is produced by adding a natural vegetable coloring, while white cheddar cheese retains the cheese's natural color.
What is cheddar jack cheese?
Cheddar jack is a hybrid cheese that's made with both cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Cheddar jack can be produced as a marbled cheese – where the curd from both cheeses is pressed into a single mold – or sold as a combination of shredded cheeses.
Are there instructions for how to make cheddar cheese at home?
While you can make cheddar cheese at home as the actual process is fairly straightforward – it takes a great deal of time to perfect the process and to allow the cheese to age for several months or years.