A soft ripened cheese, also sometimes called a bloomy rind cheese is covered in mold. This mold coaxes the cheese closest to the surface into aging first, permeating the core of the cheese slowly over time. Soft ripened cheeses are known for their duality of textures which make them exceptionally enjoyable to eat as part of a cheese platter.
The cheese closest to the rind becomes buttery, even runny on occasion, while the center of the cheese can remain chalky, clay like or dense.
The texture is not the only part of these cheeses that conflicts itself; the two layers of texture usually have their own unique flavor; rich buttery flavor concentrating closer to the edge and the center frequently being described as light and acidy, like fresh butter.
This arrangement puts together an array of some of the finest bloomy rind, soft ripened cheese, and perfect for any over achieving cheese lover, who likes to get two experiences out of each wedge.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.