I don’t know your position on cheddar cheese, but my wife and I are big fans…especially as applied to cheeseburgers. A really nice combo is a very sharp cheddar and some blue cheese on the burger, with a really nice onion roll…yum, yum! The problem I have here is that the Norwegian palate for cheddar seems to run to the mild and sweet side. I can’t find Tillamook, or a good Vermont or New York cheddar to save my life, and the local varieties just make the burger taste wrong. I live in Oslo, which I know is nowhere near you, but I just wondered if you know of any place that carries American cheeses. We just got back from spending the holidays in London, and having sampled a ton of their cheeses I can tell they don’t go for the very sharp cheddar either.
I looked around in quite a few stores and asked a cheese monger here and nothing! Very sharp American cheddar was nowhere to be found. What types of cheeses did you sample in London? English cheddar is wonderful and there are several varieties to choose from, some extra mature which is akin to “sharp” in the States. Not exact, but closer than the mild versions you’ve already tried.
Did you try any of the mature or extra mature versions of any of the cheddar you tried? I know here in Stavanger, we have a sizable British population and as such, tend to get a smaller range of cheddar, some very mature. These are usually sold in butcher shops that also sell high quality cheeses. Most full-service and nicer grocery stores sell Pilgrams’ Choice brand Extra Mature, which I enjoy myself. I know it’s not the same as the brands you mentioned, but they are worth a try.
Here are two cheddar cheese related links:
Pilgrim’s Choice product web site
Have you found American cheddar cheese in Norway? Where? Any tips on finding ‘sharp’ American cheddar in Norway? Lets us know in the comments . . .
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