All of our cheese will continue to ripen and
develop after purchase. We recommend that you store your cheese
in the refrigerator, in its original wrapping, until you are
ready to eat it. Bring the cheese to room temperature before
serving to maximize the flavor.
How to Serve Ripe
When our bloomy rind cheese is thoroughly
ripened, the cheese will be very soft and the interior will have
the consistency of heavy cream. At this point, you should not
slice into the side of the cheese, but instead cut it open at
the top and peel back the lid, as shown below:
Storing and Packaging
The wonderful flavors and textures of cheese are a result of the living
organisms used in cultures and the naturally-occurring molds and
bacteria that transform milk to curd, and curd to ripe cheese.
Like anything alive, they need to breathe! We wrap our
cheeses in porous paper that protects them while allowing a
small but essential airflow to reach the cheese inside.
For commercial use,
we recommend purchasing wrapping materials that are specifically
designed for optimal storage, whether selling whole cheeses or
For the home, we find
that waxed paper makes an effective wrap that keeps excess
moisture from reaching the cheese, while still allowing it to
ripen. We try to avoid using plastic wrap, as it tends to
be too much of a barrier; in addition, many plastic wraps have a
strong chemical smell that may affect the flavor and aroma of
the cheese. For small pieces of cheese, a bowl inverted over it
on a saucer will work very well.
Keep all cheese
refrigerated for best storage, and bring to room temperature
before eating for best flavor.