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Six year Cheddar arrives in stores...

After six long years of meticulous aging, Balderson Premium Aged Heritage is now available at all Costco and Whole Foods stores.

The last time that we were able to offer Balderson devotees our classic 6 Year Cheddar was back in 2000.

This Cheddar is very similar to the Heritage 5 Year but the additional year of aging has allowed the cheese to mature further, developing an even richer and more crumbly texture. It's also saltier and very sharp, but because of our traditional aging, the Cheddar flavour is still smooth and pleasing to the palette.

And there's good news about our Heritage 5 Year Cheddar, too! Our aging rooms have yielded enough 5 Year to allow us to release it across the country in a more convenient, and less costly 280g size. You should be able to find it readily at most leading cheese shops, specialty food stores and supermarket deli sections.

Good taste takes time, but it's worth the wait.
Rejean Galipeau,
Master Cheese Maker
Balderson wins Gold and Silver at World’s Championship.

Every two years, cheese makers from around the world send their very best cheeses to the World’s Cheese Making Competition in Wisconsin.

This year 18 countries entered over 1,700 cheeses in a variety of classes organized by type and age. The highest scoring cheese for each class was awarded a gold medal for the Best in Class.

Balderson led the way for entries from Canada with a Gold Medal win in the Sharp Cheddar Class and three Silver Medals in the Mild and Aged Cheddar Classes.

Our Master Cheese Maker, Rejean Galipeau, accepted the honours. "This has been an excellent year for our cheeses," he noted, "with Championships and Grand Championships from the both Royal Winter Fair and the British Empire Dairy Competition."
Especially with this simple recipe for salad dressing...

Summer entertaining should be a "no fuss" affair that lets you enjoy all that extra daylight savings time outdoors rather than in the kitchen. To that end, Balderson Cheddar makes a quick and easy snack or appetizer with fresh picked vegetables and fruit. And to make a summer salad sing, try this Balderson Creamy Dressing.

Makes 1-3/4 cups (425 mL)
1 cup milk 250 mL
2 tsp all-purpose flour 10 mL
1 tsp Dijon mustard 5 mL
4 oz Balderson Heritage 2-year aged Cheddar, shredded 115 g
1/2 cup mayonnaise (regular or light) 125 mL
  salt and coarsely ground black pepper  
  • • Whisk milk and flour together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add mustard.
  • • For a smooth dressing, add all of the cheese and stir until melted. Or, for a chunkier texture, reserve 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the cheese to add when the dressing has cooled.
  • • When the dressing has cooled to room temperature, whisk in mayonnaise; season to taste.
For added flavour, add crumbled crisp-cooked bacon, or finely chopped chives, or use Balderson 5 year Cheddar.

Take the guess-work out of pairing wine and cheese.

If you'd like to take some of the guess work out of selecting wines that go well with Balderson Cheddars, experiment with applying the concept of "terroir."

The basic idea is that the attributes of agricultural products like wine and cheese are shaped by the landscape that produces them – and that products from the same regions therefore go well together.

By this principle, Canadian wines should be your first choice for serving with Balderson Cheddars. For your "terroir" experience, pair our Vintners For Red Wine or our Vintners Cheddar for White Wine with any of the reds or whites from 20 Bees. This new winery was an outstanding find at last year's Ottawa Wine and Cheese Show. Our Vintners Cheddars has been especially aged and graded to complement most whites or reds, but these fine Canadian wines make an especially good "terroir" match.
Tidbits from the world of Balderson.
Listeners to the program The Wine Ladies
(Chum Radio, Toronto) were recently treated to an interview with Patrick Louch, the Execuitive Chef of the Delta Rocky Crest Resort. Patrick is a proponent of "simply sexy food" - as well as a big fan of Balderson Cheddars. Our next newsletter will feature a Cheddar Corn Fritter recipe that Chef Patrick created especially for Balderson.
If you happen to be visiting or vacationing in Ottawa, stop by the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and have a high tea at Zoe's Lounge. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find Balderson 5 Year offered on their winderful three-tiered cheese plate.
Many people are discovering more about foods and flavour by taking a cooking course or visiting a regional winery to become a their own Sommelier. If you'd like to take an appreciation course and learn more about what makes a great cheese, contact Artisan Cheese Marketing ( Great food for thought.
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