Bel Paese in Italian means ‘beautiful country’. In any other language it translates into ‘a delicious cheese’. This semi-soft cheese of Italian origin is made from cow’s milk, and is allowed to age for six to eight weeks.
Bel Paese has a light color, a creamy and spongy texture with a buttery flavor. Bel Paese melts exceptionally well and can be used in a variety of ways. If you are looking to make a recipe a little more interesting, try substituting Bel Paese where you would usually use Mozzarella cheese.
Bel Paese’s uses are not limited to savory dishes though. It’s frequently paired with fruity red or white wines and has gotten a reputation as being a dessert cheese. Serve slices with pears or figs and crusty French bread. A drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of chopped nuts can also bring out the sweeter side of this Italian classic.
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.