Red Leicester cheese

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Red Leicester cheese

Red Leicester is made in a similar manner to Cheddar cheese, although it is crumblier; it is coloured orange by adding annatto extract during manufacture.

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The cheese was originally made on farms in Leicestershire with milk that was surplus, after the desired amount of Stilton had been produced.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
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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