Wisconsin Cheese Mart to offer 28-Year Old Cheddar
We're all familiar with aged cheese, but anything older than 15 years is a dinosaur in cheddar terms. Or so we thought...Cheese Underground has the skinny on a 28 year old cheddar that was recently discovered in Wisconsin. The cheese will be sold at $60 a pound at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee:
The 28-year-old Cheddar is crafted by Ed Zahn, long-time cheesemaker at County Line Cheese in Oconto. A back injury in 1989 forced him to retire from cheesemaking, so Zahn decided to run a retail cheese shop instead. This spring, Zahn decided to retire for good. While sorting through the store’s inventory, he found a big surprise: many blocks of cheddar that were more than 20 years old. Zahn had made this cheddar at County Line in between 1984 and 1988.
“During the process of transferring cheese from the factory into another walk-in cooler, some of the blocks were misplaced in the walk-in cooler,” Zahn said. In a letter that will be included with every purchase of the 28-year-old Cheddar, Zahn says: “I take pride in the cheese that I made at the County Line Cheese factory from 1960 to 1988. Despite the fact that County Line is now closed, you can still enjoy my superb cheddars.”