Today marks the beginning of the American Cheese Society’s 2nd Annual American Cheese Month – a month full of cheese-centric events in your community celebrating the delicious cheeses made here in the U.S. So, what better way to kick-off the festivities than enjoying some sharp Wisconsin Cheddar, aged 28 and 40 years?
This summer, former Wisconsin cheese shop owner, Edward Zhan, discovered several wooden boxes of Wisconsin Cheddar as he was cleaning out an old walk-in cooler and moving his business to a new location. Sealed and dated, the aged blocks of Cheddar turned out to be 40, 39, 34 and 28 years old!
At first, Zahn sold the 39-year-old Cheddar to locals for less than $50 a pound. Now, the 40-year-old and 28-year-old Cheddars will be sold by the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, on Saturday, October 6 at a cheese-tasting event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [information]. For Zahn’s Cheddar story, visit Bites.Today.com.
Following October’s cheese-tasting event, the 28-year-old Cheddar will be available for sale at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, in the store and on their website.
Eager to taste the Wisconsin Cheddar ourselves and excited about the endless pairing possibilities with a 28-year-old Cheddar, we asked a few of our favorite foodies for some pairing suggestions for such a deliciously rare find. Here’s what they came up with for you. What would you do with 28-year-old Wisconsin Cheddar?
A bite of Wisconsin Cheddar, rosemary and olive oil crostini, and a wild mushroom or olive tapenade. Serve it with little glasses of 20-year-old Tawny Port. Heaven!
– Karista, Karista’s Kitchen
I’d keep it really simple and let the cheese speak for itself – I’d be craving ripe, juicy figs, to compliment the sharp flavor of the Aged Wisconsin Cheddar and add some spiced almonds for a warm, sweetness.
– Heidi, FoodieCrush Magazine
As a child, my mom often served my brothers and I a plate of sliced fruit and cheese as an after school snack. To this day, it’s one of my favorite combinations. In fact, one of my standby lunches is “the cheese plate for one.” Nothing beats Aged Wisconsin Cheddar paired with a sweet and crunchy sliced apple and a spoonful of chunky peanut butter.
– Kelley, Mountain Mama Cooks
Straight out of America’s Dairyland, I’d pair the crumbly, rich 28-year-old Wisconsin Aged Cheddar with in-season heirloom or sungold tomatoes, thick slices of summer sausage and a wonderfully crusty baguette. Wash it down with a six-pack of New Glarus Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale.
– Holly, The Healthy Everythingtarian