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The Story of Stilton

Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:07

Jean Morris at the 2012 AGM Jean Morris at the 2012 AGM

The CPRE Leicestershire members gathered for the 2012 Annual General Meeting were treated to an entertaining and informative presentation by Jean Morris, who gave an illustrated talk on ‘Long Clawson Cheese, Old and New’.

Jean began with a little family history about her Grandfather who was involved in cheese making in the east of the County back in the early part of the 20th century.  Her talk was full of gems of information, for example she went into some detail of the history of Stilton and why it became so popular - the village of Stilton is some 70 miles up the A1 from London - the distance a horse could travel in a day puling a stage coach so it was very busy and there was a demand for local cheese.

Her Grandfather supplied Captain Scott of the Antarctic with Stilton Cheese for his first expedition to the continent; Captain Scott returned safely on that occasion.  However her Grandfather did not supply the explorer with cheese on the second ill-fated expedition - and we all know the outcome.

Moving on to the Second World war Stilton could not be produced during that time as it was regarded as a luxury.

Jean proceeded to describe and illustrate exactly how cheese (not just Stilton) is made, both in the olden days and nowadays using modern methods.  Long Clawson dairy uses approximately over 30,000 gallons of milk a day and this is processed using very clean techniques.

Afterwards we all were invited to taste samples of cheese, which included, White and Blue Stilton and Red Leicester, all produced in Leicestershire.

JN

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