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Lincolnshire Poacher, Alford, Lincolnshire

Tell us a bit about Lincolnshire Poacher

We run a family dairy farm on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire wolds. We make Lincolnshire Poacher which is a hard cows milk cheese. It is a cross between traditional cheddar and alpine style cheese. It is typically aged for 18 months to 2 years. 

Why did you enter the competition?

It is an exciting opportunity to learn how cheeses behave under different storage conditions and to share information with other industry professionals.

What is your relationship with affinage to date?

We mature our own cheese!

How are you approaching the maturation and why have you chosen this approach?

We have got two cheeses. The first is a control that we have left in the same condition that it arrived. The second we have stripped of its cloth and coated it in plasticoat - which is the material we use to mature our Lincolnshire Poacher.

What are your expectations for the matured cheese, flavour profile after 9 months?

No idea but I am hoping all the cheeses will mature very differently!

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