What kind of cheese is Red Leicester?
Formerly known as Leicester, or Leicestershire cheese, this is a hard cows’ milk cheese, possibly predating the cheddar name, when regional cheeses were made throughout the British Isles. By comparison, it varies from Cheddar in that the Red Leicester has a moister, crumblier texture and a milder flavor.
What is red Leicester cheese made of?
Originally known as Leicestershire cheese, Red Leicester is a traditional hard cheese made from unpasturised cow’s milk. The cheese is traditionally made in large flat wheels of 10kgs and 20kgs. This is because 20kgs was a standard day’s milk from a small farm. During the maturation, the cheese is bound in cloth.
Why is red Leicester cheese orange?
Did you know? Though originally coloured with carrot or beetroot juice, since the 18th century Red Leicester has been coloured orange with annatto extract, found in the husk of fruit from the annatto trees grown in South America and the Caribbean.