Why is Mature Cheddar Cheese More Crumbly Than Mild ?

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Dear Cheesey Wotsits-ologists !

Hmmmmm...I luff cheese !..As a sheepy I am of course strongly drawn towards the taste of strong mature cheese. The stronger the better.

Cheese is my all time favourite stuff that is made from milk protein from cows, goats and even sheepys milk !!

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But why is mature cheddar so much more crumbly than mild ?. Is is something as simple as that there may be less moisture in it ?..after all, mature cheese is older yes ?  more time for the liquid to evaporate !!..or is it a little more complex than that ?


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Why is Mature Cheddar Cheese More Crumbly Than Mild ?
« Reply #1 on: 11/02/2009 07:50:59 »
I would have guessed drying out also as even brie becomes harder and more crumbly as it dries out...and ages.. I wonder if it has to do with fermentation

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Why is Mature Cheddar Cheese More Crumbly Than Mild ?
« Reply #2 on: 11/02/2009 15:06:03 »
Thanks Kareny Mam,

I just thought there might be a more scientific answer than just mere evaporation ! ?

I suppose this means that ewe just can't have mild crumbly cheddar !

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Why is Mature Cheddar Cheese More Crumbly Than Mild ?
« Reply #3 on: 11/02/2009 15:59:35 »
Could it be to do with the amount of salt that crystallises out during maturation?  You often see shiny salt crystals in mature cheeses, but never in rubbery, mild (a.k.a pointless) cheese.

I suspect it can't be down to moisture alone, as Wensleydale is both moist and crumbly...

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Why is Mature Cheddar Cheese More Crumbly Than Mild ?
« Reply #4 on: 11/02/2009 16:20:22 »
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