Moliterno is a sheep’s milk cheese produced in the Basilicata region of Italy, in the small town of Moliterno. Moliterno is located high above sea level, and therefore, possesses the naturally cool and dry environment to naturally age cheese. In the times before temperature control, it was a prime area of cheese making real estate.
As the wheels are aged, they are constantly being rubbed with olive oil to prevent the cheese from drying out too quickly.
Upon cutting into your wheel of Moliterno, you’ll notice a sweet smell that dissipates into a less pleasant odor the closer you get to the rind, for this reason, cut away and discard the rind and enjoy the sweeter paste inside.
A traditional preparation of this Italian table cheese involves a smattering of hot pepper jelly.
When serving Moliterno, you will notice that as the cheese comes to room temperature, it releases a good deal of its oils. This can be very enjoyable but the oils will not return to the cheese, so only put out what you intend to eat, leaving the rest safe in your crisper.
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.