A traditional, creamy, unpasteurised Lancashire cheese, with a wonderfully moist, pressed texture, and a mellow tang.
How Much Cheese To Buy
We recommend a portion size of 70-120g per person depending on when you are eating the cheese. 70g is ample if you are serving the cheese immediately after a large meal or as part of a buffet. If the cheese is the main part of the meal you will need to allow at least 100g per person and you may prefer to go to 120g if you think your guests will be particularly hungry (or just very fond of cheese!).
However, if you are only a small party, you may find that the pieces look a little small. In this case, choose fewer pieces, or even just one cheese, so that you can present your guests with something that looks more substantial. If you want to provide a wider choice of cheeses, just go for slightly larger pieces and enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.
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Winner of 'Gold' at the World Cheese Awards 2018
Kirkham's Lancashire cheese can be used to create a connoisseurs' cheese on toast, because of how the cheese bubbles rather than melts.
Graham Kirkham makes his cheese at Goosnargh in Lancashire, and the milk for the cheese comes from the family’s own herd of Friesian cows.The cheese is made over two days, using a third of the curd from each day of cheesemaking. Kirkham's Lancashire is then cloth-bound and rubbed with the traditional butter, which allows the cheese to breathe and develop over a maturation period of two to six months.
The Kirkhams have been making cheese for three generations; and Graham learned to make cheese from his mother, who now helps her husband to milk the cows.
The family is the last maker of traditional Lancashire; and the two-day curd method comes from the days when farmers only had a few cows, and it would take two days to get enough curd to fill one cheese mould.
The flavour of the unpasteurised milk and the buttered muslin rind produces a rich and complex white Lancashire, which melts in the mouth. It also creates the desired ‘buttery crumble’, with a clean and lactic flavour.
* This is a hand-made, artisan cheese, which may contain naturally occurring blue veins. These are normal and intrinsic to the nature of this type of cheese and add to its character. We think they taste good too!
*A whole Kirkham's Lancashire weighs approximately 9kg. Smaller weights are a cut of a whole cheese.