Watch our video of how we make our Stilton cheese:
Once the fresh Peak District milk arrives at the creamery, our artisan cheese-makers take over and use all their skills and knowledge to hand craft our cheese.
Separating the curds and whey
The next step is to add rennet and starter cultures to the milk, along with the blue mould spores that give Stilton its distinctive flavour. The would-be cheese separates into curds and whey, before our cheesemakers set to work on the milling process.
Milling involves breaking the curd into small pieces, which form the basis of the cheese. A measure of salt is added to the milled curd, which is then transferred to cylindrical moulds, called 'hoops'.
After four days, during which the curd drains and develops a delicious smooth texture, our cheesemakers begin 'rubbing up' the cheese. They remove the hoop and smooth the edges of the roundel with a domestic knife. This seals the cheese - staving off the growth of blue mould until a later stage in the maturation process.
The five-week wait
It takes about five weeks for the cheese to be ready for the next stage of production. During this time, the roundels are stored in maturing rooms, where they gradually develop the gorgeous richness that is so much a part of their appeal.
Piercing and dispatch
Once the five weeks are up, the roundels are pierced, to enable the blue mould to develop and give the cheese its characteristic 'veiny' appearance. Piercing is repeated a week later, before each cheese is individually graded, packaged and dispatched to our hungry customers.