Tomme Crayeuse is a recent creation, made from cow’s milk in the Savoie region of France. A literal translation of the name of this cheese is ‘small round’ and ‘chalky’. Despite the soft and supple texture of the paste, a small chalky core can often be found deep inside.
This cave aged cheese has a natural moldy rind that offers forward the aroma of damp earth and butter. Inside, the paste of this cheese is delicate, with notes of acid, hay, earth and herbs. As the cheese ages it grows more complex, and develops saltier and nuttier flavors.
This cheese is best left to speak for itself, spread on a lightly flavored bread that won’t over shadow its delicate natural flavors. It’s the perfect cheese for a refined snack or a small gathering. If you are looking for a wine paring, try a well balanced Chardonnay for an excellent compliment.
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.