Idiazabal

 
 
$9.61 - $134.58
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Size:
8 oz, 1 LB or Whole Wheel
Milk Type:
Sheep
Flavor:
Semi-Sharp
Texture:
Hard-Cheese
Wine Pairing:
Rioja
Country of Origin:
Spain
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Idiazabal is an unpasturized sheep’s milk cheese produced in the Basque region of Spain.  On the outside, this cheese is covered in a hard and inedible brown rind which it develops during its few months of aging. Traditionally, the wheels are smoked over a combination of fruity and nutty woods for a period of ten days. Inside, the paste of this cheese is dry and firm, and tastes of nuts, butter and smoke. If the cheese is allowed to age for longer, the paste will become even harder and develop a sharper taste. This can be used as a grating cheese.

When cooking with Idiazabal cheese, you have a lot of options. To spice up an old recipe, use Idiazabal in place of Manchego. Melt Idiazabal over a starchy side dish or pair it with a grilled pork entrée. If you want to enjoy Idiazabal as a snack or table cheese, quince jam is a highly recommended accoutrement on crusty bread.

If you are looking for a wine pairing, try a red wine or a good sherry. 

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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.