Both mild and sharp cheddar are versions of cheddar, a semi-hard cheese made from cow's milk. What sets them apart is their aging process. Mild cheddar is left to age for only 2 to 3 months, while sharp cheddar can age anywhere from 6 to 12 months. It's this aging process that alters the flavor and texture, setting mild and sharp cheddar apart.
While mild and sharp cheddar are not the exact same, they do share some commonalities. Their flavor and texture may differ, but their origin, appearance, production process, and use in the kitchen are nearly identical.
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