What is extra sharp cheddar cheese?
Extra sharp cheddar cheese is a cheddar that is typically aged from 12 to 24 months. As cheddar ages, its flavor profile changes from mild to something much tangier and more complex.
How is cheddar cheese made?
The process of making cheddar cheese starts off like most other cheeses. Rennet is added to the cultured milk to form curds, which are separated from the watery whey. In a process called cheddaring, the cheesemakers then create big slabs of curd that are stacked atop one another and flipped many times. This process releases more whey to create a denser curd. After the cheddaring, the curds are passed through a mill to create smaller curds which are pressed into molds for draining and aging. Cheddar cheese is typically aged from 3 months to 24 months to create different types of cheddar cheese. Mild cheddars are aged 3 to 6 months. Sharp cheddars are aged 9 to 12 months. And extra sharp cheddars are aged from 1 to 2 years.
Why is some extra sharp cheddar cheese orange?
Orange cheddar cheese is made by adding a natural coloring to the cheese. Most orange cheddar cheese today is made by adding annatto, the fruit of the achiote tree.