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Muffaletta Cheddar

$7.29

An American Cheese Society winner. We add a blend of olives, garlic, and olive oil to make this distinctive cheese.

Approx. 8 oz.

Description

“Olive Lover’s Cheddar!”

The addition of this super flavorful condiment is what gives this cheese it’s name. Muffaletta is packed full of black and green olives, garlic, spices, and marinated in olive oil. After we blend our cheddar cheese with all this goodness, we age the cheese for several months. It’s just long enough to have a sweet cheddar flavor while all those condiments permeate the cheese.

The American cheese society loved this cheese and awarded it third in the category of flavored cheddars.  Muffaletta is known for an olive spread on an oversized sandwich in New Orleans. Salami, provolone, and ham are served on a large round roll. Try slicing and adding to your deli favorite, or try serving this with some warm crusty bread and soup.

large sampler

Ingredients

Production Process

Milk from a local dairy is first pasteurized before it is ready for cheesemaking.  When the milk is at ninety degrees the first ingredient, cheese culture, is added to the milk.  Cheese culture, which activates the milk and turns the milk sugars into lactic acid, is also a key ingredient to identifying the cheese’s character after aging.  The next ingredient added is rennet.  This ingredient is an enzyme that causes the milk to coagulate, a very fascinating part of cheese making, as the cheese sets up like custard in approximately twenty minutes.

It is then time to cut the curd.  This is done by placing curd knives into the vat.  These curd knives are basically sets of wires that run horizontally and vertically and cut the entire vat from top to bottom into quarter inch cubes.  These cubes are very soft and fragile at first but as they cook, they firm up and continue to release more whey.  Cooking the curd is a very delicate process as we heat the vat with steam from ninety degrees to 102 degrees only allowing it to rise two degrees every five minutes.  When the curd is completely cooked we will have 600 pounds of curds from 6000 pounds of milk.  Approximately ten percent becomes cheese.

Once the curds are cooked and have reached the correct consistency, we push them to the back of the vat and drain off the whey.  The whey that has been drained is eventually spread on neighboring farm fields as fertilizer.  Whey is a byproduct of cheese making but when processed, can be found in other foods we eat as well as some animal feeds.

The curds will knit together in the bottom of the vat.  Using a large knife, we will cut them to form large slabs of cheese.  These slabs are rotated and stacked every fifteen minutes as they continue to release more whey, firming up and consolidating.  This is called the cheddaring process. 

At this point it is time to “cut the curd.”  We do this by feeding the slabs through a curd mill, which cuts the slabs into finger-sized pieces called cheddar cheese curds.  The curds are salted and sometimes find customers waiting for them, warm and fresh, straight from the vat.  The curds that are not packed up fresh, are packed into 40 pound hoops.  

The hoops are lined with cheesecloth, and once filled are all ready to go into the press.  When put under pressure, the curds knit together to form perfect blocks of cheese.  More whey will be expelled from the blocks while under pressure.  The next day the cheese will be removed from the press. It is then packed air tight and placed into aging.

Cheddar cheese is aged from three months to three years with longer aging time producing sharper cheeses.  All of our cheddar cheese is packed by hand, taking forty pound blocks out of aging and cutting them into eight ounce bars.  Much time and attention is given to the cheese at this time.  We enjoy making homemade cheese balls and spreads with our cheddar cheese that is trimmed.  These trimmed “ends” are also available in our retail store at a discounted price.  

Jolynn Schmucker

“This autumn colored cheese is a stunning presentation with marbled spices and flakes of olives and pimentos. With a subtle hint of red pepper and robust olive flavor, muffaletta cheese offers a lovely taste of Italy.”

Gingerich Family

“Eclectic appearance, exquisite, Mediterranean” 

Cheddar Cheese History

Cheddar is the name of the cheese, the name of the gorge in England where this cheese originated and the name of a step in the make procedure that differentiates this family of cheeses.

Awards

In 2011 our Muffaletta Cheddar won third place in the American Cheese Society Judging and Competition in the category “Cheddar flavored with sweet, savory, jalapeno, chipotle, red, green peppers, black, white, green peppercorns, garlic, onions.”

Attributes

  • Color:  Ivory
  • Texture:  Dense and smooth, more elastic when young, becoming more crumbly with extended aging.
  • Flavor:  Mild when young, becoming sharper with age.
  • Typical Composition:  39% maximum moisture, 50% minimum milkfat solids.

Uses

  • Melts well, aged cheese ideal for cream soups and sauces. 
  • Slices and shreds well for use on sandwiches or as a topper for hot or cold appetizers and entrées.
  • Delicious with sesame seed, or water crackers. 
  • This cheese is begging for a leading role on an antipasto platter with roasted peppers and pepperoni.

Guarantee

We guarantee all products to arrive in satisfactory condition to the address given if delivery can be made when first attempted. Delivery services will not forward our packages and many of our gifts can’t stand reshipping. We cannot assume responsibility for perishable products if we are given an incorrect address.

shipping

Orders are shipped Monday through Friday. Consideration is given when shipping to warmer climates to ensure fastest shipping methods. We ship our products UPS or USPS.

processing

Orders are processed and shipped Monday through Friday. When shipping to warmer climates, we avoid shipping over the weekend.

Delivery time

Most orders arrive between 3-6 business days, depending on processing time and destination. If you would like your order to arrive on a specific time frame, please make note of this in the comment section of your order.

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