The short definition of cheddaring is that it's a step used during cheesemaking to give cheese a dense, layered texture. The process of cheddaring is used when making Cheddar cheese (of course) and a similar or identical process is also used when making cheeses that have a texture that is similar to Cheddar like Cheshire, Lancashire, Cantal and Colby.
After curds form during the cheesemaking process, they are cut up into smaller pieces to expel liquid (whey). The smaller the curds are cut, the more liquid will drain from them and the harder the resulting cheese will be. This step is used when making almost all types of cheese, but it is taken one step further for cheddar cheese. To make cheddar, the curds are cut up and then pressed together into slabs and then the slabs of curds are stacked on top of each other. The weight of stacking the slabs of curds on top of one another presses out even more moisture. Then the slabs of curds are cut up again, pressed into slabs again and stacked again. The process continues until so much whey is expelled that that after aging, the cheese will have a crumbly, layered, dense texture.Having trouble visualizing the process of cheddaring? Watch one of these videos about cheddaring:
More About Cheddar
Cheddar cheese was first made in England but is now made pretty much everywhere. Cheddar has a flavor that is different from other types of hard and semi-hard cheeses due to the heating or "cooking" of the curds, the process of cheddaring, and the aging process. Beyond this, cheddar from different parts of the world tastes different because the flavor of the milk varies, the aging time varies and the skill level and techniques of the cheesemakers vary.Types of Cheddar