What is cheddar cheese?
Cheddar is a category that covers a wide range of cheeses – everything from young cheddar to aged cheddar cheeses to hybrids like cheddar blue. The common denominator for these widely varying cheeses is a process called cheddaring that adds acidity and removes more moisture for a denser texture. The flavor of any given cheddar depends on how long it's aged for. The older it is, the stronger the flavor profile. Wisconsin is one of the only places on the planet that has cheesemakers aging some of their cheddars for up to 20 years.
How is cheddar cheese made?
While cheddar cheese starts off like other cheeses – with rennet introduced to the milk to separate the curds and whey – an additional step called cheddaring is what gives cheddar its distinctive texture. During this process, the curds are cut, made into blocks and then turned and stacked repeatedly to release more whey, giving the cheese more density and acidity.
Is colby the same as cheddar cheese?
Colby cheese, a semi-hard cheese that originated in Colby, Wisconsin, is similar to cheddar but is not made with a cheddaring process. As colby cheese is made, the way is replaced with water to reduce the curd's acidity, giving colby its milder flavor.