Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you age your cheddar cheeses? What makes them “sharp?"
Tillamook Cheddar Cheeses develop their flavors through the natural process of aging. The longer they age, the “sharper” and more flavorful they become.
Tillamook Cheddars are naturally aged in 40-pound blocks for a minimum of:
Medium Cheddar – 60 days
Sharp Cheddar– 9 months
Extra Sharp Cheddar – 15 months
Extra Sharp White Cheddar and Maker’s Reserve – 2-6 years, depending on the product
Though we always recommend eating Tillamook products by the best by date printed on the package, the aging process of Tillamook cheddar cheese continues even after you’ve brought your cheese home. Be sure to keep it in the coldest part of your refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it.