Welsh Slate Helps Develop New Cheese
A cheddar cheese has been made for Sainsbury’s supermarkets in partnership with Llechwedd Slates Caverns which has spent much of its time maturing amongst some of the finest Welsh Slate. South Caernarfon Creameries implemented an old French technique when it came to making this cheese.
For centuries, French cheese makers Roquefort have matured their products in natural caves where it has the ideal humidity and temperature conditions for native blue green moulds to flourish.
Rich, Savoury Notes
Once out of the creamery, the cheese was transported to a slate cavern located in Snowdonia where it’s buried 500 ft beneath the earth and left to mature for 14 months amongst the Welsh slate. It’s this process that’s said to give the cheese its unique characteristics including a firmer body and a depth of flavour with rich savoury notes.
“It is an amazing maturation technique. We are very pleased with the fabulous eating quality and confident that our cheese will enjoy phenomenal success.”
Once this process is complete, the cheese is returned to the creamery before being cut up into blocks, dipped in a blue slate coloured wax and finished with a hand crafted dragon stamp.
The Mature Approach
A managing director at South Caernarfon Creameries said that, “this is a truly unique cheddar that really demonstrates our Welsh heritage and we are so grateful that Llechwedd Slate Caverns agreed to work with us”.
It was also the stable environmental conditions of slate caverns that made Blaenau Ffestiniog the perfect choice to host the National Art Gallery’s collection during the Second World War.
The cheese received phenomenal success with its launch at the Royal Welsh Show, and secured a mix of local, trade and consumer press as well as coverage from TV and radio stations.
It has also brought in a lot of tourism, with people flocking to see the Slate caverns in which the cheese was matured. As a result of this, many other cheese makers have now adopted this maturation by slate technique, but South Caernarfon Creameries is the first to try it with home-bred Welsh slate. Snowdonia Cheese Company for example have been inspired by this maturation technique, by creating their own ‘slate board’ selection of cheddar cheeses.
It’s also interesting to note that more people are adopting Welsh Slate as the material for their cheeseboard!
But whatever the use, here at All Slates we can provide you with the very best reclaimed Welsh Slates, durable enough to make a long-lived roof, and good enough to mature the finest of cheeses! For more information, contact us on 01829 262 600 today.