Red Leicester cheese
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Red Leicester is a cows' milk cheese, originally from Leicestershire, and is named after the city of Leicester. It has a firm texture, which makes it suitable for grating, and it is a good choice for use in cheese on toast or with a baked potato. The taste compliments fruit, pasta, and crackers and is often used in tarts or quiches. At its best, it has a slightly nutty taste.
The rind is reddish-orange with a powdery mould on it. Although Red Leicester can be young or "old", aged anywhere from 4-9 months, the young Leicesters at the start of that range will be very mild: they often require at least six months to develop a tang. Farmhouse versions are also available. Farmhouse makers will mature it in cloth, the old way, to allow better flavour development.
The cheese was originally made on farms in Leicestershire with milk that was surplus, after the desired amount of Stilton had been produced. It was originally coloured with carrot or beet juice. However, there is now only one farm in Leicestershire, the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Co which makes the genuine article.
Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses
The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.
For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
If the Red Leicester cheese is not listed below, select a similar type of cheese from the list below to get a rough idea for the number of calories in Red Leicester cheese.
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|Cheese type||Calories per 100g|
|Queso blanco cheese||310|
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