Gratte Paille was invented in Seine-et-Marne in the 1970’s. Literally, its name translates into ‘scrape’ and ‘straw’, referencing the straw mats that help the cheese hold its shape while it ripens.
This cheese owes it’s intense and creamy texture to its triple cream status; a triple crème cheese contains three times the normal ration of butter fat and is the highest level of ‘crème’ that a cheese can aspire to. Gratte Paille’s paste is pure white, and the natural rind is nearly twice as thick as you would expect from one of its kind, like Camembert.
Allow your cheese to reach room temperature before serving it, and its oily goodness will begin to loosen up, just waiting to be spread over baguette or crisp slices of fruit.
The consistency of Gratte Paille’s quality is astounding and very few other cheeses can touch its reputation. It’s been compared to kings of creamy cheeses like Pierre Robert and Brillat-Savarin.
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.