Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

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There's only one cheddar producer in the town of Cheddar, and they were only founded a few years ago. The quality of the cheese is determined purely by the production and maturing methods, and has virtually nothing to do with the geographical location.

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Some of the world's best cheddar is produced in the Allgäu region of Germany, of all places. The dairy company is called "ÖMA Beer GmbH--Ökologische Molkereien Allgäu". To purchase it, go to any decent organic shop (yes, the cheddar is organic!) and ask for "Allgäuer Cheddar". Don't accept any other kind--I've tried other brands of German cheddar, and they are not recognizable as such. You may have to spell out "cheddar". And you will probably have to place an order for an entire kilo. Our local organic shops have tried repeatedly to sell cheddar, but their German customers won't buy it because it is too unfamiliar (Was der Bauer nicht kennt...). However, this cheddar is so good that my family has no trouble polishing off a kilo within two weeks.

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Wow! I can't imagine having to fight to buy cheddar. I live right next to Vermont, where some of the world's best comes from, and there is always tons of it in the stores.

 

Sealed packages of aged cheddar will last indefinitely without refrigeration. I've taken blocks of Cabot on canoe trips for up to 2 months with no trouble. At worst they just get a little oily.

 

??? The word "Cheddar" should give it away,the best Cheddar is still made in "Cheddar" in the South west of England.Is Vermont in England?? I think not.It´s a shame that any old body can use the name Cheddar to label their cheese.It´s like eating non french Camembert or Gouda that isn´t made in Holland.It´s not right!!

So get yourself over to Cheddar and sample some cheese made in this wonderful town and you´ll see the light...

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I wanted to thank whoever started this thread cuz I've missed good cheddar cheese and today I went to LIDL and found it. What tastes to me like my favorite - aged Tillamook sharp cheddar (from the Tillamook dairy in Oregon). I was so excited, I just started eating one of the cheese loafs in my car, despite having no knife. It was so awesome, I ran back into the store and bought the rest. Sorry cheddar-missing ex-pats in Oberbarmen, Wuppertal, I hope they order more for you.

 

Then I saw the meat pies and got some of those, and then I noticed shortbread by the same company, and it was pretty good too. I'd been trying to describe what shortbread is to my man for a while, and now he knows.

 

So the sad thing is the checker lady said that this is "Great Britain Week" at LIDL, and I will probably have to wait a long while before seeing this stuff again. *sigh*

 

But for now, I am calling this a great day, due to my awesome LIDL finds.

 

~lytha from Seattle

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Well I have too bought some of this Lidl cheddar and frankly it's tasteless plastic. Beats the orange shite you get in REWE, but not by much.

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I would be amazed if even 10% of UK cheddar was made within a 20 mile radius of Cheddar. Most won’t even come from Somerset. My Mum lives close to the Davidstow cheese factory (to call it a creamery paints an altogether too pleasant picture) and if you had to squeeze all the UK cheddar making places into the Cheddar area it would mean a.) there would be hardly any cheddar for sale and b.) Cheddar would be right fucked up.

 

Maybe I've just lost my sarcasmometer - this county does funny things to you.

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There are quite a lot of creameries in Somerset but 99% of cheddar production is in big factories dotted around the country. This PGI nonsense doesn't interest me because location says nothing about quality; Taunton, for example, was for years home to both one of the best and one of the worst cider producers. And there is plenty of excellent cheddar being made outside of Somerset. But you'll need to go to a specialist cheese shop, or at least a Waitrose, to find it.

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Sacrelige though it is to say but I reckon the best mature and really full flavoured cheddar actually comes from New Zealand..

 

Yeah I know but the stuff tasted wonderful.

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Steven192, indeed. I was recently at the Kapiti cheese shop as my brother lives not too far away. It is fantastic stuff. All of it. As are the ice creams.

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Oh Cheddar Man, back in your day did your cheese have a protected geographical indication status?

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheddar_Man

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I am now the proud owner of the last 4 slabs of finest cheddar that I found today nestling in the fridge in my local Lidl. Now I need some Branston... and some granary bread. Oh man

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OMG! Must have been in a deep sleep... Lidl do british food?

Can anyone tell me what the make (brand) is of the cheddar and the steak pies?

I thought I had it good that my local Hit has both (red/black) types of Catherdral cheese, but steak pies...

*cue mouth watering and long drips of saliva like our old labrador*...

I'll be scouring the Oberschleissheim / Unterschleissheim region, oops, hope no one else is :ph34r:

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Bugger!

Just read on the Lidl site that it's Italian week this week and then Scandinavian week from the 18th.

Still, I'll go for a gander tonight.

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Some of you might want to know that the cheddar cheese and British Food Week is on at next week!

 

Last time it was on in the summer I bought 2 boxes of the cheese and we are down to our last block now. It had a sell by date of December but is still ok. Now I can stock up again :P

 

For those of you who haven't tried it and are skeptical you shouldn't be. It is the strongest and nicest cheddar I have ever bought in Germany, even better than the Cathedral City they were selling in Tengelmann/Rewe.

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Ginger nuts!!!

 

Sorry, off topic. Back to cheese. Yes, the cheddar is great.

 

Ginger nuts!!!

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