Crystals in Cheese

Notice the salt like grains on the cheese? 

As cheese ages, crystals begin to naturally appear.  These are Calcium Lactate Crystals. They are found more commonly in hard cheeses that have matured for a long period of time such as Parmesan Reggiano or Jensen’s 4-Year Cheddar.

Crystals are formed when the cheese loses or pushes out its moisture as it ages.  This causes the calcium lactate (calcium salt) to become more concentrated, thus forming crystals. There are no health risks associated with eating the crystals – they are natural!