Making traditional cheddar cheese the way it should be
Back in 1899 there were hundreds of local producers of cheese, and today Keens are one of only a small handful of those who have survived the test of time and are making traditional cheddar the way it should be, with raw unpasteurised milk from grass fed cows living on our own farm.
Our ladies spend most of their days living in our 500 acre back yard and dining on lush Somerset pastures, their precious milk is then transported a mere 50 yards to the dairy where the magic of true cheddaring happens and the cheese then lives, maturing for up to 18 months.
You can purchase our Cheddar through your trusted quality wholesaler, direct from quality Delicatessens and Specialist Cheese Stores, from Waitrose, Morrisons and selected Marks & Spencer Stores. Or, if you prefer, our cheese can be purchased online or directly from our farm in 25kg, 3kg and 1.5kg truckles. If you are looking for smaller quantities you can buy it in smaller wedges of varying sizes to suit.
Handmade artisan cheddar from Somerset
The milk that is used to make Keens Cheddar is produced by our own cows, grazing on our own land – We are a Somerset Cheddar Producer, our climate is perfect for growing luxurious and fresh grass, the diet our cows receive can only be described as ‘lush’.
The cheese making process begins within 12 hours of milking. The milk is not stored. The milk is not transported (well, we transport it 50 yards to our dairy). The milk is not tampered with. We use only raw, unpasteurised milk. This is why you will find our cheese to be a playground of exciting flavours.
We use a hand making process, all decisions about what to do next, how to do it, why to do it and how long to do it for are made by a real life person. This is just one of the reasons our cheese is a true artisan product and not just a chip off the old block. You could say it has truly unique personality.
Our cheese is then made in a round mould, the traditional way. Then it really is pampered. For three days it is pressed and bathed in hot water. This ensures it behaves like true cheddar should with a super crumbly texture.
It is then given its own spot on a shelf where it matures gracefully for up to 12 months. You won’t find Keens Cheddar stacked like sardines in a corner somewhere.
And while the cheese is growing in personality and depth it is turned, by hand, on a regular basis to ensure the quality is consistent throughout the entire truckle. And just to make sure we are providing the perfect end product to our consumer it is graded at three, six and nine months of age.
The only reason you love Keens Cheddar so much is because we loved it first.