April 29, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
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What's the best thing since sliced bread? Sliced cheese, of course. Sliced cheese like Trader Joe's Sliced Sharp Cheddar.
Trader Joe's Sliced Sharp Cheddar is made for us under the supervision of two Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. It's a very traditional Cheddar, made using the time-honored "cheddaring" process first employed in the English village of Cheddar (yes, there is such a place, in Somerset). Traditional cheddaring involves putting the cheese curds through a mill after they've been cut and turned. It's a time and labor intensive process that yields a significantly more complex cheese than you get from more "modern" cheddaring methods like stirring the curds.
The flavor and texture of Cheddar changes dramatically as it ages. Our Sliced Sharp Cheddar is aged four to six months, just enough time to develop its rich, creamy, nutty flavor and almost-but-not-quite-ready-to-crumble texture. Its complexity makes it an ideal mate for a burger, and it's also excellent in cold sandwiches, panini, tuna melts, and omelets. Each slice is separated by parchment, making it as easy to use as it is delicious to eat. We're selling it in 12 ounce packages for $3.99 each, every day. This is a verifiable value on a very virtuous cheese.
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