White cheddar vs. orange cheddar - what's the difference?
The only difference between white cheddar vs. orange cheddar is the natural vegetable coloring that is used to make orange cheddar. Most orange cheddar cheese today is made with annatto, the seed from the achiote tree of Central and South America.
Why is cheddar cheese orange?
The color orange has been associated with cheddar cheese for centuries. In 17th-century England, the cheese produced near the town of Cheddar, Somerset, was made with milk that was rich in beta-carotene, producing an orange pigment in the cheese. After the color became associated with high-quality cheddar, cheesemakers began adding orange dye to the cheese to create a consistent color. The practice persists today, as many customers want their cheddars to be orange.
Where can I learn how to make cheddar cheese?
Apart from a cheesemaking apprenticeship, class, or degree, you can learn to make cheddar cheese from instructions on the Internet or in books. The process takes time to perfect, however, and aging cheese for 3 to 24 months requires patience and a certain amount of space. Many amateur cheesemakers prefer to stick with making fresh cheeses they can enjoy right away.