$11.83 - $272.05
8 oz, 1 LB or Whole Wheel
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Leyden is a firm, skimmed cow’s milk cheese produced in the Netherlands. The aroma of this cheese is very unique, as the paste is sprinkled with hundred of tiny cumin seeds. Cloves and Caraway seeds are also occasionally used in addition. The spicy cumin does a good job of complimenting the naturally nutty flavor of the cheese.

The aroma and flavor of this spicy cheese only intensifies with age. In other respects, Leyden is similar to Gouda in texture and mouth feel.

To use Leyden for cooking is tricky because of its powerful flavors. You are limited to dishes in which cheese and cumin would be appropriate. However spicy Leyden is a wonderful snacking cheese and makes a beautiful and bold addition to any cheese platter. Accompany it with dark malty bread and an ice cold beer for a wonderful combination. An alternative pairing is a bold red wine like a Shiraz.



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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.