About: This cheese will make your wildest macaroni dreams come true. Here’s an Irish twist on British cheese made by a third generation, family-owned cheesemaking business located in Limerick. After the milk is heated and the curds separated from the whey, porter (dark beer) is added to the cheese curds, giving it a stained-glass window appearance. In essence, you’re looking at a fossil. The cheese is aged for about 9 months, then once cut into, the borders between the individual curds and beer is revealed. Enjoy on a cheese platter paired with apples and crackers, or get creative and use it in your favorite cheddar-base dishes. The taste of porter is distinct without overwhelming the milky flavors of the cheese.
Producer: Cahill’s Farm
Country of Origin: Ireland
Animal of Origin: Cow
Diet: Vegetarian; uses vegetarian rennet
Calories: 110 per 1 oz
Replaces: regular cheddar
WHERE TO FIND
Store: I found this at the Wegman’s Cheese Shop showcased in their holiday display for St. Patrick’s Day.
HOW TO STORE
In the fridge tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for 3 – 4 weeks
TASTE & TEXTURE
- Cheddar is a British cheese named after village.
- The word Cheddar comes form an Old English work ceodor, meaning deep dark cavity (see Cheddar Gorge)
- Porter beers got their name from its popularity with the working class, especially those who carried cargoes for others (i.e. street and river porters)