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Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Does aging make for better sharp cheddar? Turns out, it’s complicated.

What We Learned

You don’t have to go to a fancy shop to find great cheddar. In recent years, inexpensive supermarket cheddars have taken top honors in international cheese competitions, beating out much-pricier artisan brands. Supermarket cheddar comes in a few varieties—mild, medium, sharp, extra-sharp—but we reach for sharp cheddar when we need a cheese that’s complex enough for snacking but vers...