Cotherstone Cheese is a semi-hard cheese with a sharp, slightly tangy taste. It is made in Cotherstone, Yorkshire, England.
It has a crust like Camembert, but is covered with yellow wax. Inside, the cheese has an "open" texture, like Wensleydale.
It is made from unpasteurized, full-fat milk, in rounds 8 inches (20 cm) wide and 4 inches (10 cm) tall, weighing 4 1/2 pounds (2 kg.) Vegetarian rennet is used.
Cotherstone Cheese needs to mature for at least 1 to 3 months. As it ages, the crust turns from gold to pink.
There are two versions of Cotherstone Cheese, a white version and a blue-veined version. The blue-veined version is sometimes referred to as "Yorkshire Stilton."
Cotherstone is a village in County Durham that in the Domesday Book was referred to as Cudrestone.
The Cotherstone name was only applied to the cheese at the beginning of the 1900s. A woman named Mrs Birkett, who made the cheese up until 1940, helped to promote it as a cheese separate from Wensleydale.
Production ceased during the Second World War and didn't begin again until towards the end of the 1900s.
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