Thursday, May 18, 2006

Not your average Cheddar

You don't have to live in Wisconsin anymore to eat one of the best cheddars made in the world. For decades, Alto Dairy Cooperative in Black Creek, Wis. has produced a cheddar that is often considered to be the gold standard for its category. Now Alto is partnering with Winona Foods to repackage it, remarket it and distribute it nationwide as "Black Creek Classic Cheddar."

Once of Wisconsin's best-kept flavor secrets, this naturally-aged, hand-selected cheddar is made by Master Cheesemakers whose fathers and grandfathers were cheesemakers. Cheddar runs in their blood.

Master Cheesemaker Gregg Palubicki says he inspects each batch of Black Creek Classic Cheddar to make sure it meets his standards before it's shipped. And then, to ensure that full flavor is in every bite, Alto hires licensed cheese graders to critique the body and texture of the cheese to make sure that 17 - yes, 17 - flavor profiles are in every wedge.

The aged cheddar will be packaged in 7-ounce and 15-ounce tapered wedges and will be available in delis in the following types: 9-month, 3-year & 5-year. I'm guessing that by the time you eat the 5-year, you can basically consider it part of the family.

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