What is the best way to store my cheese when I get it home?
Cheese needs to be kept at a temperature between 38 and 48 degrees, so ensure your cheese is refridgerated as much as possible. The environment needs to be reasonably humid and clean--cheese is a living, breathing food that needs good air circulation and protection. It is best to wrap cheese in wax or cheese paper and to keep it protected from any drafts in the fridge-- try the salad crisper, cheese drawer, or simply in a small cardboard box to ensure it stays fresh.
Learn about where the cheese is made, where that company sources its milk, and the quality control methods that the cheese manufacturer has in place to guard against the use of hormones and chemical feeds.
How should I serve my cheese?
It is almost always recommended to serve cheese at room temperature. Various meats and charcuterie will pair nicely with each of our cheeses. All of our cheeses can be served with drizzled honey or honeycomb, candied nuts, pickled and roasted veggies, fruit jams and spreads. Don’t be afraid to experiment; there are unlimited delicious combinations!
General Wine Pairings:
Allegheny Chevre: Chardonnay, Rose’
Merry Goat Round: Chardonnay, Reisling, Rose’, Chenin Blanc’
Cave Dweller: Riesling, Rose’, Sauvignon Blanc
Spruce Reserve: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Mountain Top: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose’, Sauvignon Blanc
Cabra LaMancha: Chardonnay, Pinot grigio, Riesling, Red Blends, Pinot Noir
Black & Blue: Cabernet, Red Blends, Zinfandel
How much cheese should I buy?
Make sure to always buy your cheese from a reliable source. Farms and cheesemakers are a safe bet, along with knowledgeable retailers and cheesemongers. When buying cheese in larger quantities, make sure that you purchase from a careful and responsible wholesaler who understands the product and the proper way to care for it.
Focus on only buying cheese that you will eat within the next week or two, unless you are trying to age a piece of cheese further yourself. It can be easier to buy smaller portions every time you go grocery shopping rather than trying to keep the cheese in good condition for a long time.
Keep in mind that when you buy cheese made in the USA, you are supporting local businesses, job creation, and our economy!