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25.02.2009 19:00 to 21:00
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City/Town: Thalwil, ZH
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Location: Cheese Club, Seestr 11, 8800 Thalwill
Price: 35.00

Have a fun and informative evening learning what makes a cheese "Cheddar". We will taste 6 very different cheddar cheeses from England & Wales (including 2 of only 3 authentic PDO "Slow Food" Cheddars, Montgomery's and Westcombe) and discuss how cheddar is made (the cheddaring process which makes the cheese cheddar). We will also touch on which American cheddar most closely resembles the original from Cheddar village in Somerset.

We will then finish off with a farm made raw milk cheddar from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland, made with milk from cows fed on a barley rich diet - the perfect cheddar to compliment a single malt, in this case a 12 year old Glenmorangie.

The price of SFr. 35.00 includes wine, beer or soft drinks (and the whisky) as well as bread, crackers and chutney and tasting notes.

Doors open at 6.30 if you want to arrive early for a glass of wine and a chat. The event is limited to 12 people only. The presentation is in English but the tasting notes can also be printed in German if you are bringing any Swiss friends/family.

The Cheese Clubs tasting room is at Seestrasse 11, 8800 Thalwil, just 4 minutes walk from Oberrieden BH (where you can also park) and 20 minutes walk from Thalwil BH.

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Re: What is Cheddar? (and does Scottish cheddar really work with whisky)

If Scottish cheddar works with Whisky, would Swiss cheese work with Swhisky?

http://www.swhisky.ch/photo1.htm
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If Scottish cheddar works with Whisky, would Swiss cheese work with Swhisky?

http://www.swhisky.ch/photo1.htm
Can't answer your question, but it's a lovely web site

To confirm, this is next Wednesday 25th, not 18th as I first posted
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Just a few places left for Wednesday - don't forget the price includes plenty of liquid refreshment as well as the cheese
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Have you ever considered making a cheddar fondue? Is there any reason why it shouldn't work? This might be a great marketing idea.
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No reason why it wouldn't work at all. The cheddaring process is what makes cheddar cheese melt well. There are a few recipes, including this one, for a cheddar and Guinness fondue. I will try it one day soon but if you try it, please let me know how it works!
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Oh gosh, this makes my mouth water, looks absolutely gorgeous and god knows, this only can be délicieux !!!!


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No reason why it wouldn't work at all. The cheddaring process is what makes cheddar cheese melt well. There are a few recipes, including this one, for a cheddar and Guinness fondue. I will try it one day soon but if you try it, please let me know how it works!
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Re: What is Cheddar? (and does Scottish cheddar really work with whisky)

Run by Joanne and Carlo, their newly arrived cheddar is to die for....overnight delivery anywhere in CH!

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?referer=42

Enjoy!!
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Why does this thread remind me of SwissCheddar?
Does anyone know if SwissCheddar is delicious?
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Run by Joanne and Carlo, their newly arrived cheddar is to die for....overnight delivery anywhere in CH!

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?referer=42

Enjoy!!
Thanks, Godminster is one of the Cheddars we will be tasting tomorrow night
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Re: What is Cheddar? (and does Scottish cheddar really work with whisky)

Mike - Can't make it to the 'Cheddar Do', but I have a question. One of the cheeses I miss occasionally, is the sharp or extra sharp cheddar in the US. Lots of artisan cheeses in Calif...but our cheddar is still orange.

Is there a reason for the color? Am I crazy to consider it real cheddar?

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Am I crazy to consider it real cheddar?

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I would never suggest you are crazy...... however, definitions of real cheddar vary. Going back some years it was suggested that real cheddar was only made within 30 miles of Wells (in Somerset, about 8 miles from Cheddar village) or at other times only if the farm could be seen from the summit of Wells cathedral.

These days there is an EU PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) which allows cheddar made on farms in Dorset, Devon, Somerset & Cornwall using the traditional "cheddaring process" to be called West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.

There has lately been an even stricter definition. The Slow Food movement, together with Neals Yard in London, have created the "Artisan Somerset Cheddar Presidium". Only 3 dairies (Montgomery, Keen & Westcombe) meet these strict requirements, which are:
- The cheese is only made in Somerset.
- It is made using unpasteurised milk from the farm’s own herd.
- They only use traditional pint starters, a farm made yoghurt-like culture (as opposed to manufactured powdered cultures)
- The curd is set with traditional animal rennet
- Cheeses are made in the cylindrical form and bound in cloth
- They are aged for a minimum of one year.

(I'll be serving 2 of these tomorrow night!)

However, anyone in the world can make cheddar and call it cheddar if they use the cheddaring process as the name is not protected and a lot of American (and some factory made UK cheddar) is coloured orange. The origin of this probably goes back to cheese makers in Leicestershire in the 18th century who found that their local Leicester cheese looked so similar to cheddar that they decided to add some colour from Sunflowers, beet and carrot to make it stand out (these days they use a South American spice called annato).

I am guessing that at some point an American returned home with a lump of Red Leicester (no idea why it is called Red, when it is orange) and told a local cheese maker that in England cheddar is orange.

I understand that the nearest American cheddar to the original English one comes from Vermont or New York. I haven't tried them but I am waiting for one of my customers to one day bring some over for a tasting. I have been told many times that American sharp cheddar is closest to Westcombe or the Organic Godminster (which I think you might have tried before - the one in the burgundy wax).

See you at a tasting soon!
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