Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy Kingdom Cheddar?
Kingdom is currently launching across the USA.
What is Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese?
Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese is a premium, artisan-quality cheese that is handcrafted by producers whose skills have been handed down through generations of cheesemaking. Our cheese begins with fresh organic milk from cows that are over 80% grass-fed on Southwest England’s fertile pastures. We then age the cheese a minimum of nine months.
What gives Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese its bold, distinctive flavor?
The rolling fields of Southwest England are known for their lush grass. Our cows enjoy a smorgasbord of grass and legumes that impart a unique flavor to the milk. The cheese is then handcrafted in small batches to create a hard cheese that contains notes of grass and clover.
We age the cheese a minimum of nine months at a constant temperature with high relative humidity to bring out the cheddar’s special flavor and texture.
How are Kingdom Organic Cheddars made?
Each chunk of Kingdom Organic Cheddar Cheese begins as a larger block that is hand-pressed and packed into a traditional wooden crate. The cheese is then aged for a minimum of nine months at a constant temperature of 50ºF with high relative humidity. The crates maintain the shape of the cheese while allowing for the proper airflow for the ripening process.
What is Kingdom Organic Cheddar Cheese with Caramelised Onion?
Kingdom Organic Cheddar Cheese with Caramelised Onion is a specially selected, creamy Kingdom Cheddar carefully combined with rich, sweet caramelised onions, for a distinctive taste that begins with the combination of traditional English cheesemaking and pasture-raised cow’s milk from small organic family farms.
What is Kingdom Organic Cheddar Cheese with Cracked Black Pepper?
Kingdom Organic Cheddar Cheese with Cracked Black Pepper is a specially selected, creamy Kingdom Cheddar masterfully blended with the warming bite of cracked black pepper. This delicious cheddar is made distinctive by the combination of traditional English cheesemaking and pasture-raised cow’s milk from small organic family farms.
How are Kingdom Organic Cheddar with Cracked Pepper or Caramelised Onion made?
The cheese is made from organic milk from the same family farms that supply the milk for our Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar, and it is made in the same farmhouse style. We simply stop the aging process at three months in order to achieve its signature creamy texture. Next, our cheesemakers blend this young, organic cheddar with the finest organic ingredients to create their signature flavors.
Are the cows treated humanely?
Our cows are born and raised on small organic family farms and are over 80% grass-fed. Our farmers are members of the largest organic cooperative in the United Kingdom, Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo), which has protocols to ensure the humane treatment of the animals under our care.
Are GMOs used in Kingdom Organic Cheddars?
USDA Organic regulations prohibit the use of any GMO feed. All of our products are accredited to the Non GMO Project Standard.
Are Kingdom Organic Cheddars gluten-free?
Yes, all of our organic cheese products are gluten-free.
Are Kingdom Organic Cheddars lactose-free?
No, as a dairy product, our cheese contains lactose.
Are Kingdom Organic Cheddars suitable for vegetarians?
We only use a microbial-based enzyme to make our cheese. This enzyme curdles the curds, and is approved for vegetarians.
How long will Kingdom Organic Cheddar maintain its quality?
We guarantee 90 days from the time our aged cheese is packaged if it is stored under refrigeration.
What is the best way to store Kingdom Organic Cheddars?
We recommend that you simply store it below 41⁰ F (5⁰ C).
Can Kingdom Organic Cheddars be frozen, and then thawed for use?
We do not recommend freezing Kingdom Cheddar. The moisture in the cheese will crystalize, and change the texture when it is defrosted. If you want to freeze Kingdom Cheddar to be used for cooking, we recommend that you grate the cheese before freezing.
Why do we claim to come from “The Birthplace of Cheddar?”
Simply put, our cheese is made in the region of the UK where cheddar first began. The first cheddars originated in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England, where a deep gorge at the edge of the village contains a number of caves that provide the ideal humidity and temperature for maturing cheese. Cheesemaking skills that began in the 12th century have been handed down from generation to generation in this region.
Why are Kingdom Organic Cheddars being distributed by Organic Valley (which represents American farmers)?
The introduction of Kingdom Cheese into the U.S. marketplace is the result of an emerging partnership among organic farmers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Like Organic Valley, the farmers that supply the milk for Kingdom Cheese are the owners of the cooperative that is producing this product for the U.S. marketplace. English-style cheddar and American-style cheddar each have their distinctive flavors, reflecting the ecosystems and the traditions in which those products were produced. By working together, these farmers are offering their American customers a greater variety of high quality organic products. As customers embrace those products, the farmers have the incentive to bring even more land and animals into organic production in both the United States, and the United Kingdom. That’s a win-win for everyone!
What makes Kingdom Organic Cheddar organic?
All Kingdom Organic Cheddars are crafted with organic milk produced by our cooperative of organic family farmers working in harmony with nature.
- Our family farms are all certified organic by the USDA through the equivalence agreement with the EU
- Organic farmers do not use antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.
- Our humane livestock practices allow, in the event of a life-threatening situation, antibiotics or other prohibited medications to given to an animal. Those animals must then be permanently removed from organic production.
- To become certified organic, pasture and the land on which it is grown cannot be treated with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMOs for a minimum of three years.
- Organic feed must not contain GMOs or products from GMO sources.