This is probably the most widely available variety of cheese, and
rightly so. The longer it's matured, the more "bite" it
has. A good vintage cheddar will almost take a layer off your tongue.
Mmmmmm, I love a cheese that bites back. The fat content (and price)
will usually also increase with age - although as it's stronger,
you can use less for the same amount of flavour in a dish. Cheddar
melts well, although an aged one will ooze a lot of oil when melted.
A sharp, salty white cheese, ranging from firm to crumbly. Sort
of an English version of Feta. It doesn't melt very well, but it's
great in salads.
A very pretty orange-coloured cheese, in a fairly classic English-style.
Good melting cheese, although it can bleed oil in the same way as
Cheddar, depending on the maturity.
Another fairly typical English-style cheese, worth buying simply
because it's Wallace & Gromit's favourite.
Hard Italian-style cheeses. Supposedly they don't need refrigeration
due to their low moisture content, although I still keep mine in
an airtight container in the fridge. Don't buy the horrid dried
processed stuff in a shaker, it's nothing like the real thing. These
cheeses are very strongly flavoured, and often used in conjunction
with other cheeses. Shaved finely, they make a very tasty addition
to salads and sandwiches. They do smell a bit like sick, but hopefully
you can get past that and try tasting them, as they're delicious.
Salty and firm, but with a high moisture content. Feta will go off
very quickly once exposed to air, so store it in the fridge covered
in oil or fresh water (change the water daily to keep it fresh).
It doesn't melt well, but it's often mixed with Ricotta as a filling
for pasta dishes and pastries. It's also an essential ingredient
in a Greek Salad.