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A new wave in cheese, as the land meets the sea - Quicke’s announces collaboration with Cornish Sea Salt

Amy Brice

Following years of testing, tweaking and maturation at Home Farm, Quicke’s has announced that as of August 2017 its multi award-winning cheese will be made using Cornish Sea Salt. A ground-breaking move in the world of cheese, the use of sea salt adds a new complexity of flavour to the Devon-based cheesemaker’s expertly crafted clothbound cheddar, which is set to tantalise the taste buds of curd nerds everywhere.

This Devon-Cornwall collaboration is the latest enhancement in Quicke’s long history of cheesemaking, as the whole team from the fields to the dairy have continued to craft outstanding cheddar from just four ingredients. Careful herd selection and planned grazing has produced exceptional quality milk to combine with Quicke’s natural rennet and heritage starters, with Cornish Sea Salt now in the mix to create a bright and unique flavour profile.

Mary Quicke MBE explains;

“We are really excited by the move to Cornish Sea Salt in our cheese and are delighted to be the first to do this after so many years in the making. Cornish Sea Salt has a unique mineral-rich flavour that initially hits the palate and then withdraws to enhance other ingredients, which gives us an extra complexity of flavour. Just like in cooking, Cornish Sea Salt adds a lovely brightness and pleasing complexity in the salt flavour and you really notice an extra zing at the end. Harvested out in the ocean, it’s concentrated nature without the impurities you find in pan-dried sea salt. As an unexpected benefit, the sea salt is also more demanding to mix into the fresh curd than table salt, so this stage has required even more love and care from the team. We are noticing a greater roundness in the flavour that we are putting down to that extra work.”

A coming together of heritage, provenance and innovation, Quicke’s and Cornish Sea Salt are ready to inspire the next generation of food lovers as the new wedges hit the shelves in August. Teaming up with Ben Quinn from Woodfired Canteen in Cornwall, Quicke’s will be releasing a suite of recipes designed to harness the cheddar’s unique flavour profile, a cheese as at home in the kitchen as on the cheeseboard.

For more information on Quicke's, please visit www.quickes.co.uk