Mild and Mature Goats' Cheese
St Helen's Farm hard Mild Goats' Cheese is typically matured for about 3-4 months. The mature version has a more complex flavour and is matured for up to 12 months. A delicious waxed Deli goats' cheese completes the range and they all have a firm, Cheddar style consistency.
Storage and grading
Once the cheese is made and pressed into blocks, it is stored at a cool temperature whilst it matures and develops to just the right flavour.
That flavour is assessed by the expert cheese graders who sample the cheese at each stage of the maturation process until it is judged to be of the correct taste, texture and appearance for packing.
Where to buy
St Helen's Farm products are available nationwide.
Versatile and award-winning
Hard goats’ cheese is more versatile than the more familiar ‘crottins’ or logs of soft cheese that you find. It can be sliced, grated or cubed in a way that is more suitable for everyday use such as sandwich-making, cooking or sprinkling into soups and sauces. Whilst it is of great appeal to goats cheese lovers, it can also be perfect for people who are avoiding cows’ milk cheeses, but still want something that is easy and versatile to use.
The other key attraction of hard goats' cheese is that it offers the choice of mild or mature profiles. The St Helen's Farm range offers both types, which is designed to satisfy the needs of most ardent goats' cheese fans.
Our Mild Cheese won GOLD at Nantwich International Cheese awards this year and was awarded 1 Gold Star at the Great Taste Awards in 2015. St Helen’s Farm Mature Goats’ Cheese won 1 star at the Great Taste Awards 2017. Judges liked how our mature cheese ‘is nicely balanced’ and ‘the texture is creamy and crumbly’.
In addition to the prepack range found in most supermarkets, St Helen's Farm goats' cheese is also available at the Deli counter in some stores, so you can choose to purchase as much or as little as you like.
At St Helen's Farm, we do not have the facilities to manufacture cheese ourselves. It is a very skilled craft and we therefore send our fresh goats' milk to a specialist cheesemakers in Cheshire at a place called Laurel Farm. It is the home of the Joseph Heler dairy and they use our milk to make it into a mild or mature goats cheese that is just like a Cheddar - except that it's made with goats' milk.
They have been making award-winning cheeses in the village of Hatherton near Nantwich for over 100 years. Joseph Heler is the grandson of the founder and he established the modern day cheese business back in 1957.
Today, the cheese is still made in the traditional way as the curds are hand cut and stacked as part of the unique 'Cheddaring' process.