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Trader Joe's Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese

Cheese made from unpasteurized milk sold at Trader Joe's

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Real cheese from real milk!

  • Dec 8, 2009
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You might already know that Trader Joe's has an incredible cheese selection. My husband and I picked up this Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese on a recent trip and became instant fans. It was almost identical to fresh cheddar cheese that we bought at a local farm in New Hampshire a few seasons ago. When it comes to cheese, I am hard to please, and even I think this cheese is incredible and at the top of its class.

Now, I know what you might think, raw milk? Well, it is a lot healthier and safer than you think - or what the huge dairy industry leads you to believe. The fact is, pasteurization kills most nutrients in milk. In reality, even organic whole milk is not whole milk. Fat is taken out of milk and then reintroduced into it by the process of homogenization, with this process even whole milk has a specific percentage of fat, which is still less than fresh cow's milk. It is true that it is fattening, but if it is consumed unpasteurized it still has nutrients that help digest. Pasteurized milk does not have the same digestive enzymes - hence you are drinking, as one man put it, 'dead white liquid'. No wonder so many people can't digest what we call 'milk', it doesn't even resemble real milk anymore. Unfortunately raw milk is greatly overpriced in my state, otherwise we would drink more of it instead of the organic whole milk we buy. 

This cheese has a crumbly consistency that is very similar to the one I ate fresh from the farm. It is so rich and creamy and it is not something you would want to indulge in since it is very filling. I don't eat much cheese, but I like to just have a little piece with breakfast, sometimes on toast. The taste, well - how can I describe it, it is cheddary. :P You would have to taste it yourself to find out! The price is very reasonable for what you get at$4.99 a pound. The average deli cheese that is of the same price range can't even compare to the taste and freshness of Trader Joe's Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese.

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October 06, 2010
Raw milk cheese, any raw milk cheese, is not only heavenly as far as taste is concerned but also on nutrition, and, for some odd reason doesn't seem to end up on our arterial walls. One of the main reason why imported cheese, especially from Europe, taste incredible, unlike the same flavor and plasticky texture stuff we get here, is because it's made from unpasteurized milk. Trader Joe, ladies and gentlemen, has found a way of not only finding, but getting a raw milk cheddar to us for a decent, most affordable price. $4.99/lb -- Unheard of... Thank you man! The only thing I would like to know is whether the milk used to make this wonderful cheese, comes from cows that have been grazing on grass, out on the pastures, or whether they were grain fed. Believe it or not -- The difference in the milk produced by cows that were grazing vs by ones that were grain-fed is huge and of incredible importance when it comes to determining cheese quality and the various nutrients and vitamins it contains (or lacks)!!! Thank you in advance! PS Please, no responses from people who like to theorize, yet don't know what they're talking about.
October 06, 2010
Thank you for the thorough comment! I certainly agree with you on all points! Unfortunately I do not know whether this Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese from TJs is from grass fed cows, I am curious to find out myself as well, perhaps I'll contact TJs and see if they could tell me! I'll let you know! :)
October 20, 2010
Good point, I'd like to know this as well. I have seen the "grass fed" and "organic" labels on some of Trader Joe's cheese, and this cheese has neither label, so sadly I doubt it is from grass fed cows.
October 21, 2010
I've emailed them but have yet to receive a response. I'll let you guys know if I hear anything!
October 21, 2010
Thanks EcoMama!
August 24, 2011
That's a great point about the grass fed nature of this cheese.. we buy it and I was so blinded by the mention of raw, that I didn't think to ask.. I know Trader Joe's also do some tasty grass fed ground beef that we buy fairly regularly, but I'll be interested to here what they say about this cheese, its soooo tasty. I'm no so bothered about organic.. that often suggests to me that the cows are fed organic grain!
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Ingredients: Unpasteurized Cow's Milk, Salt, Microbial Rennet, Cheese Cultures. 

Aged a minimum of four months; milk from cows not treated with rBST.

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