This week’s featured cheese from Giolitti Deli is the Cotswold Double Gloucester blended with onion and chives. Double Gloucester is a pale orange, cheddar-type cheese that can be found in its pure state, but it’s best known in the U.S. as the orange stripes layered with blue Stilton in Huntsman cheese, or blended with dehydrated onion and chives to make pub cheese, known as Cotswold. In our store, you can find Cooper’s Hill brand of the cheese. Continue reading to learn more about Cotswold Double Gloucester cheese!
Double Gloucester was originally made during the 1500s in Gloucestershire in southwest England, with the milk of purebred cows. However, the old cheese didn’t gain popularity until many years later when widespread shipping occurred in the early 1800s. Double Gloucester is a traditional, full-fat, hard cheese that can either be made with pasteurized or unpasteurized milk. The cheese has a smooth texture, a rich and nutty flavor, and apricot color due to the addition of annatto plant extract. Similar to the manufacture of other cheddar cheeses, the curds are heated and cut over and over into smaller pieces to remove moisture, then pressed into wheels, and takes six to nine months to age. During these months, the rind is forcibly brushed to make it hard and rough. This is an important step- some even say that during the 19th century, commercial buyers of the cheese would jump on the rind to ensure it was firm enough for shipping.
Today, Double Gloucester is made all over England and is easy to find all over the world, but Single Gloucester is still made according to old and strict standards, and is very difficult to find in the United States. Single Gloucester uses full cream milk from the morning milking and skimmed milk from the evening milking. This type of cheese has a P.D.O, or Protected Designation of Origin, meaning that is can only be produced in Gloucestershire, and there are only four cheesemakers in the county that make it. It is matured for a less amount of time than the Double Gloucester, and develops a fresh but slightly more acidic taste, is lighter in texture, and low on fat.
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!