About Us - Buying Cheese

How to keep your cheese in great shape.

Buying Cheese

As a general rule it is better to buy small amounts and eat them at
their most fresh, this will ensure that the flavour, aroma and texture
remain intact.

Doddington Cheese weights and dimensions for cheese specialists
and those customers wishing to make up cheese wedding cakes.

Doddington cheese and Berwick edge cheese are waxed in a dark
red colour, traditionally used for the Dutch gouda, the Leiden and
yellow Dutch wax respectively. They are generally made in a 4 to 5 kg
round or a 9 to 10 kg round. Dimensions are generally as follows, 24cm
across and 5 to 6 cm high; the larger cheese measure approx 33 cm
across and 8 to 12 cm high, depending on the weight of the curd that settles
out during the make.

Cuddy’s cave usually weigh in at around 3 to 3.5 kg and measure approx 24 cm across and 4 to 5 cm high, they are naturally mold rinded.

Smoked cuddy’s caves are made in a round basket mould and weigh around 1.6 kg to 1.8 kg. They measure approximately 15 cm across and 6 to 7 cm high.

Baltics are made in a 1.3 to 1.5 kg round and measure approximately 15 cm across and 4 to 5 cm high.

Admiral Collingwoods are generally made in a small square mould and weigh around 1.2 to 1.4 kg, they measure 14cm square and 4 to 5cm high.

Cheese care

Cheese pieces are vacuum packed for freshness or whole cheese wrapped in wax paper, then placed in a Doddington dairy box ready for despatch.

Deliveries

Orders are usually despatched by Royal mail, using our local post van which calls in to the farm on a Monday and Thursday.

Wholesale orders are delivered by Doddington Dairy or TNT to shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants, throughout the UK.

Reception

On receiving cheese, please refrigerate immediately in Summer, however in Winter whole cheese can be stored successfully in a cool garage or outside shed, making sure that cheese are well covered and protected in their individual boxes. As Cheese is a living product, they appreciate cool temperatures and storage should avoid extremes. i.e. too cold or too hot. The usual maturation temperature for most cheese is between 4 and 11 degrees centigrade.

Always bring cheese up to room temperature before eating as a cheese sitting at 3-4 degrees centigrade will taste subdued to the palate.

Best Before Dates

Both cut pieces and whole cheese are date stamped to ensure that all customers are given the most accurate details as regards longevity of the cheese, we always aim for cheese to reach you with maximum shelf life and will usually stay fine well after dates given. Please note that beer washed cheese have a shorter shelf life, this is to do with the activity on the rind and can taste bitter after the shelf life is up.