Cheesemaker's rare 20 year old cheddar sells out within hours at $209 a pound

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A Wisconsin cheesemaker debuted a 20 year old cheddar on Friday selling at $209 a pound – and it had sold out by Saturday morning.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point, Wis., had a 450-pound supply of its two decades old vintage, and much of that had already been spoken for by people who had ordered in advance.

There was just 20 pounds of cheddar left that went on sale at its store Friday and at a farmer's market in Madison Saturday.

But to the disappointment of Cheeseheads hoping to get their hands on a piece, the cheesemaker announced on its Facebook page early Saturday morning that its supply had sold out.

"We sold the last of the 20 year this morning," Hook's wrote.

And though the cheese hit the headlines for its $209 a pound cost, fellow cheesemakers in Wisconsin felt this was a fair price because of its age, according to the Wisconsin Daily Journal.

"It’s really saying something that he took care of this cheese for 20 years," Steve Ehlers of Larry’s Market in Brown Deer, told the newspaper.

Tory Miller – owner and chef of L'Etoile, Graze and Sujeo in Madison – told the newspaper that due to the crumbly nature of the aged cheese, it is best used in small increments over pasta or a runny egg.

Hook's owners Tony and Julie Hook are giving $40,000 from the sale of the cheese to the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Chicago Tribune notes.

The couple don't plan on making any more 20 year cheese, but did say some of their 10 and 12 year cheddars could be set aside – so cheese lovers may well get another chance eight t0 ten years from now.

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