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Thursday, December 10 2020

White Fox

By: Allison Spurrell
Aged Leicester for the Holidays.

A tasty cheddar substitute, so to speak, for your Holiday entertaining is White Fox.

It looks like cheddar but it comes with more gravitas.  

Cheese Name: White Fox

Origin: Made by Belton Farms in Shropshire, UK. 

Milk Type: Pasteurized cow’s milk collected from local farms within a 25-mile radius from the dairy. 

Style: White Fox is an aged Leicester. 

Description: The original Leicester which is often coloured with Annato and called Red Leicester, is normally not a very aged cheese. A version of the more traditional Leicester would be aged for three months or so and would have very little sharpness. This modern take on the classic is a reimagined cheese, matured slowly and with an infinitely more complex result. 

Tasting Notes: White Fox resembles a cheddar in look and texture, but the flavour is unique. It does have a pleasantly sharp bite like a cheddar, but it also has a truly distinctive fruity flavour and an ever so slightly sweet finish. Like many other aged cheeses, White Fox has the formation of tyrosine crystals in the paste, which gives it that great crunchy bite.

Pairing: White Fox is great for a winter cheese plate. It marries so well with a fruit chutney made with Christmas spices, that it seems like a natural for this time of the year. A simple English cracker like a water biscuit or a cream cracker seems suitable and keeping with the cheese’s UK origins. A ripe pear or crisp apple would also fit the bill. 

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Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.