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Best Cheddar Cheese

Fromagerie Perron won this years Royal Agricultural Fair for aged cheddar cheese, and Wayne Lain of Maple Dale Cheese placed second. FP isn't available where I am, but Maple Dale is available here in discount stores no less. I can tell you I now have a new favourite cheddar (replacing Empire which is also excellent - this year's 4th place).

Has anyone tried either of these ?

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  1. I buy the Maple Dale 5-year-old white cheddar at Superstore at Don Mills and Eglinton. It's sharp and crumbly with good crystals and a hint of barnyard. At $12.99 for 500grams it's the best cheese deal in the city.

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      1. re: Yongeman

        It's got an earthy or maybe nutty taste you don't get in young cheddars. Maybe due to the development of H2S? I call it "barnyard". (Although it's a pasteurized, factory-produced product that hasn't been near a barnyard.)

        1. re: hal2010

          Ok, thanks for that, hal2010. Just made me chuckle.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            Interesting, foodyDudey, but it's a bit of a stretch for my taste, to see that as a positive trait.

            1. re: Yongeman

              It's a trait in a few wines of Bourgogne or the Rhone that make them distinctive and often bargains. The descriptive terms are excessive and don't do justice to the cheese or wines.

              1. re: jayt90

                Makes sense to me. Similar to terroir....in reference to what the cows may have been fed on, etc.

      2. I second Mapledale. I live in the region so i have many cheese producers in the area. There is also Ivanho Cheese and Eldorado Cheese. Black River in PEC is also good.

        1. Though I've never seen them around the GTA, Wilton cheddars are probably my favorites. Killer cheese curd, too, from this tiny factory just outside Odessa, ON.

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            I grew up in Kingston and driving to Wilton for warm fresh curd was always a Sunday treat. I make a stop every time I go home for visit!

          2. Empire Cheese - Supreme no question. My dad drives all the way to Campbellford to stock up but they do sell it in other places. I can taste it now mmmmmmmmm.

            http://www.empirecheese.ca/

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            1. re: weekerrie

              You are right weekerrie, Empire is excellent, although my last pack of old was waxy with less than normal flavour. In any case, try the Maple Dale old cheddar, IMHO it is even better.

              Maple Dale is in Thurlow (N of Belleville, not far from Campbellford). I called MD (613-477-2454) and they were great letting me know where I could buy it. I can buy it a Price Chopper no less.

              Fromagerie Perron is in Saint-Prime Quebec, ~300km north of Quebec City, and after considerable effort, I still haven't found an Ontario supply - yet.

            2. I am going to have to say that I really love the cheddar from Cow's out of P.E.I. I have purchased it at both Loblaw at Yonge and York Mills and Fiesta Farms.

              http://runningandrecipes.blogspot.com/

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              Fiesta Farms
              200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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              1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                I have occasionally seen a cloth bound cheddar from Cow's that is even better that the one that comes in blocks, which I also love.

                1. re: cheesymama

                  Do you recall where you have seen the cloth-bound cheddar?

                  1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                    I picked some up at Fiesta Farms just before Thanksgiving. Marvellous.

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                    Fiesta Farms
                    200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA