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How Does 40-Year-Old Wisconsin Cheddar Taste?

Remember all the buzz about the forgotten Cheddars of Wisconsin? Chuck Sudo got to try them.

(Photo credit: Chicagoist/Chuck Sudo)


I was among a group of guests at the Milwaukee cheese shop and bar Smith Saturday in what was called the “Ultimate Vertical Cheddar Tasting.”The highlight of the tasting were samples of cheddar originally made in 1972 and 1984 by Ed Zahn of Z’s Cheese Shop in Oconto, Wisc. Zahn discovered the cheese during a spring peek inside one of his coolers; it’s believed to be the oldest collection of edible cheese recorded.

Zahn, who attended a Saturday afternoon cutting of the 28-year-old cheese, told Madison.com he was more embarrassed than anything by the discovery. It didn’t, however, stop him from selling the 40-year-old cheese at over $40 a pound once he determined it was edible. Smith said Saturday night the 40-year-old cheese was particularly popular among fishermen.

“They said it made amazing bait for catfish and trout,” he said.

via How Does 40-Year-Old Wisconsin Cheddar Taste?: Chicagoist.


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