What is sharp white cheddar cheese?
Sharp white cheddar cheese is a cheese produced with the cheddaring process, that is not dyed orange, and that is left to age up to 24 months or longer.
What is the cheddaring process?
The cheddaring process is what distinguishes cheddar from other cheeses. After cheesemakers have added rennet to milk to separate the curd from the whey, the curd is formed into large slabs which are repeatedly stacked and flipped to release more moisture. Once the slabs have reached a certain density, they are milled to form smaller curds which can be pressed into a mold and left to age. The aging process is what creates different types of cheddar cheese. Mild cheddars are aged up to six months. Sharp cheddars are aged up to one year. Extra sharp cheddar cheese is aged up to two years or longer.
Is there a taste difference in white cheddar vs orange cheddar?
No. White is the natural color of cheddar cheese. Orange cheddar cheese is colored with a natural vegetable dye.
Can I learn how to make cheddar cheese?
Yes. There are many instructional videos on the Internet. But while the process of making cheddar cheese is fairly straightforward, it can take a great deal of time to master the technique. Leaving the cheese to age for months or years requires a great deal of space, and many amateurs find it's easiest to leave the cheddar cheese process to professional cheesemakers.