Stichelton is a blue cheese made with unpasteurised cow’s milk from a herd of pedigree Holstein cows who live on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire. It is crafted using traditional methods – and its complex flavour makes it very different, in taste and texture, from pasteurised cheese. It is similar to Blue Stilton cheese, except Stilton uses pasteurised milk. The name comes from a form of the name of Stilton village in the 1086 Domesday Book (‘Stichiltone’ or ‘Sticiltone’).
This delicious cheese is the result of a partnership between cheesemaker Joe Schneider and Neals Yard Dairy founder, Randolph Hodgson, both of whom share a passion for farmhouse cheesemaking. Raw milk is pumped directly from the milking parlour (as the cows are being milked) into a large vat in the dairy and so begins the process of turning proper fresh milk into a delicious, rich cheese you can enjoy at home.
You can purchase Stichelton directly from the dairy’s online shop or from The Welbeck Farm Shop – and while you’re there, you might just see some of the herd who helped make your cheese.
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