Sadly, my stash of 28 year old cheddar got finished off this past holiday season, when it hit the 30 year old mark and my kids and their spouses were gathered to enjoy it. Damn, that was good. Sharp enough to shave with, yet smooth and creamy; a bite the size of a peppercorn filled the mouth with ancient cheesy goodness. It pleased our palates and cemented bonds between us all.
I’ve got some 13 year old in the fridge, but I’m not quite ready to crack it open yet. The Mrs. has been warned off of it, ever since she took my previous block of 13 year old stuff to use for making cheeseburgers because “we’re out of the usual cheddar and I figured this would be okay to use.” :smack: (It was pretty good on a burger, I admit.)
I’ve been settling for 5 year old stuff for everyday use, but had been lamenting that true elder cheddar was in short supply.
IIRC, the previous Mercotan stash came from a situation something like that (though on a larger scale). A grocer discovered some hidden in the back of a walk-in fridge, and half of it had to be thrown out, but the other half was delectable.
Close, but it was a cheese warehouse, and the elder 28 year old cheese in question was tucked away behind a bunch of old barrels and boxes. There was also 40 year old cheddar, but I was unable to procure any of that.
So… enlighten me on the ins and outs of aging cheddar. Is it like spirits where it only ages in certain conditions and packaging, and then stops, or is it more like wine, where it continues to age in the package? How do you prevent mold?
Just curious… there’s a package of vacuum-packed aged white cheddar in the back of the fridge that I think has been there for 3-4 years at least, maybe more. Would it have been getting better as time goes on, or is it pretty much just deteriorating and just not moldy because of the wrapping?
Thanks for the tip! I’ll stop at Cedar Valley today.
I’m going to have to research aging my own cheese. I mean, I have a cave, I might as well use it! Just have to make sure I’m not ruining anything. I’ll send you a PM in 5 years and let you know how its going.