Become a Cheese Connoisseur
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Which explains why our convenient Cheese Tasting Square (with pictures) can teach you how to judge cheese like an expert, minus the several years of professional cheese judge training.
Give the cheddar a good once-over. The appearance should be uniform and smooth.
Pass a knife through. Cheddar styles range from smooth to dry. Generally a smooth cheddar is easier to slice.
Pinch between your thumb and index finger. Younger cheese will be a bit springy while an aged cheese can become crumbly.
Take a bite and resist the urge to gobble it down, looking for balanced taste and mouth feel.
Watch the Judges in Action
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