Gruyere is a world renowned Swiss cheese, appreciated by coinsurers and the masses alike. The most important thing about this particular Kaltbach Gruyere is the aging process. The wheels of hard Swiss cheese are allowed to mature for at least twelve months in the natural sandstone caves of Kaltbach. During its time inside the caves, the cheese is meticulously cared for by the cheese makers. As it ages, the cheese develops a rustic brown rind and an unmistakable flavor.
Use this delicious Kaltbach like you would any Gruyere. It melts exceptionally well but it can also be enjoyed crumbled over a salad. Its strong flavor makes it a perfect addition to any cheese platter; it lingers on the palate but never turns bitter. Pair it with either sweet or savory accoutrements; either will open up to doors to lots of interesting combinations. Honey and slices of fruit, or smoked meats and olives would both be comfortable between crispy baguette and slices of Kaltbach.
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.