Written By Courtney Schwegel Edibles / Pantry Aug 18, 2013 Cheese of the Month: Clothbound Chedder SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Cheese of the Month August: Farm House Clothbound Cheddar If you think all the great cheddars hail from the United Kingdom, think again.This month’s feature cheese is a far cry from your average North American cheddar. From the rich, flavourful milk of their very own grass-fed Brown Swiss and Guernsey cows to the care given in each step of the cheese-making process, Farm House Natural Cheeses has set itself apart with its Clothbound Cheddar.Debra Amrein-Boyes, head cheese-maker of Farm House Natural Cheeses in Agassiz, BC, is one of only three makers of clothbound cheddar in Canada.“Because we are a small, traditional cheese creamery, we use the most original practices possible to make an authentic cheese,” she said.Farm House does indeed make their Clothbound Cheddar the old-fashioned way. The milk undergoes a low-temperature pasteurization, so as to preserve its flavour and nutritional integrity. Once the cheese is pressed, it is smeared with purified lard and is swaddled in lard-soaked cheesecloth.“The cloth bandaging actually allows a whole variety of molds to grow on the outside of the cloth and the lard,” Amrein-Boyes explained, “that all contributes to a more interesting flavour.”Amrein-Boyes claims that cloth-binding adds a floral note to the cheddar, a characteristic that isn’t achieved with traditional wax-sealing.The ten kilo wheels of cheese are then cold-aged for up to 18 months in custom-made, wooden cheddar molds. This process differs from industrial cheese-making processes in that an industrial-made cheese is inoculated with a culture rather than aged, for the sake of quick mass production.While a longer aging period is preferred for the development of flavour, Amrein-Boyes explained that the demand for this cheese has it flying off the shelves sometimes as early as six months.“We can’t seem to make them fast enough,” she said.It seems that the impeccable balance of this cheese is pleasing plenty of palates across the province. Neither too crumbly nor too soft, its medium moisture content makes for an über-creamy mouth feel. The cheese’s saltiness is offset by its floral notes and hits the tongue with a nice tang.Other well-known cheddars made in this style include Isle of Mull from Scotland and Montgomery’s from England. In Canada Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar made in PEI.In keeping with tradition, Amrein-Boyes fancies big slabs of Clothbound Cheddar with a tall glass of ale and slices of hearty rye bread. Jonah Benton of Benton Brothers Fine Cheese recommends trying a slice with a popular Okanagan fruit. “It’s amazing with some of the apples that are just starting to come on the market this fall,” he said. If you fancy a drink, try pairing Farm House’s Cheddar with merlot-based red wines, or ales and stouts. chedderCheese of the monthclothclothboundfarmfarm house SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Courtney Schwegel ... Read More You may also like Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More Comments are closed.