Answer: This is cheddar that has been made with milk that has not been pasteurized. Does this mean the cheese is not safe? The government does not allow raw milk cheeses to be sold until they have been given 60 days to age. They believe in this time anything that could harm you from the lack of pasteurizing the milk will no longer be a problem. So what are the benefits of raw milk cheddar? Pasteurization kills not only bacteria but flavor and nutrients. A cheese made from raw milk will contain more of the true flavor of the milk, adding depth to the flavor of the finished cheese.
If you want to try some raw milk cheddar, but don’t want to spend a lot of money for it, head over to your local Trader Joe’s. They sell a cheap, but good raw milk cheddar. Other cheese is also made with raw milk. A example would be the delicious Great Lakes Cheshire made by Zingerman’s Creamery.