FAQs

Below are some of the questions we’re often asked,
take a look through and you might find the answer you’re looking for.

 

What milk is it made from?

Davidstow is made from cows’ milk.

What gives Davidstow an intense yet rounded flavour?

The starter cultures (good bacteria, similar to what yeast is to bread) used in Davidstow cheeses start to ferment the milk. Over time, they react with the milk proteins to develop flavours that are characteristic of Davidstow cheddar.

Why does the cheese have a crumbly texture?

As a cheese matures, the level of flavour builds within the cheese and also some moisture loss occurs. This is part of the natural process of cheese maturing and is the reason that mature cheese has a more crumbly texture than mild cheese.

What are the white marks on the cheese?

The white deposit on the surface is due to the formation of salts also known as calcium lactate. Salt crystals come to the surface as the cheese matures, so you will find that this type of cheese will have this appearance and texture to it which is perfectly normal and a sign of great quality cheddar.

Is Davidstow Organic?

No, but all our farms adhere to the highest welfare standards. We have our own Davidstow Farm Standards and in addition they are all part of the Red Tractor Farm Dairy Farm Assurance scheme.

Is your cheese suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, we don’t use animal rennet in our cheese-making process.

Can I freeze cheese?

You can freeze cheese and it will taste the same.  What you will find though is that it does become even more crumbly.  If you are using it for cooking or for a cheese sauce that wouldn’t be an issue but we wouldn’t recommend it on your cheeseboard!  We recommend grating the cheese before you freeze it.

Once open how long can I keep it open for?

We can’t give a definitive time on this, but to ensure the cheese is as fresh as possible keep well sealed and in the fridge.

Is your milk from grass fed cows?

We source our milk from a number of farmers across the South West, and since May 2017 exclusively from farms in Cornwall.
While we have ideal grass growing conditions we do not stipulate any required feeding regime believing that our farmers know what works best for their animals and their businesses.