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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are so many choices! Where do I start?
  • When you find out all the different types of cheese and ways to prepare cheese, it can be overwelming. A good place to start would be checking out the different cheese definitions or types of cheese to get a feel for what is out there.
Why should I buy cheese online at Wisconsinmade.com?
  • The cheese at Wisconsinmade.com ships directly from the best dairies in Wisconsin.
  • Freshness is key when purchasing cheese, and if you can't make it to a Wisconsin dairy, having the world's best cheese shipped directly from the dairy to your door is the next best option.
  • Shop now for Wisconsin Cheese or Cheese Gift Ideas.
Why is Wisconsin cheese the best?
  • Some of Europe's best cheesemakers immigrated to Wisconsin because they recognized the rolling hills and green grass as a perfect place for dairy cows. Over 1.26 million cows live in Wisconsin today.
  • Wisconsin cheesemakers have created some of the most recognizable cheese varieties in America. Colby and Brick cheese varieties originated in Wisconsin.
  • All Wisconsin cheesemakers must receive a certification which is earned through taking classes and serving as an apprentice. 
  • Several Wisconsinmade.com cheesemakers have gone above and beyond certification by becoming Master Cheesemakers. Wisconsin is the only state with a Master Cheesemaker program. The program is modeled after the rigorous Master Cheesemaker program in Europe. Visit our Award-Winning Cheese page for more information on our delicious cheeses and the artisans who create them.
When will my cheese arrive?
  • With standard shipping, cheese will take about 5-10 days to arrive at your door from the day it ships.
  • Most of our cheeses only ship at the beginning of the week to ensure maximum freshness (we don't want your cheese hanging out in a warehouse for the weekend). This means if you order on a Wednesday, your order might not ship until Monday. However, don't worry - fresh Wisconsin cheese is worth the wait.
  • Shipping requirements vary from cheese to cheese, so be sure to click on the shipping tab on each product page to find out the specifics for each cheese.
  • Some of the more perishable cheeses, including cheese curds, require expedited shipping.
  • Our shopping experts can help you find the cheese that is right for your taste and your budget, so call 1-877-947-6233 if you need help navigating our vast cheese selection.
  • Most of our cheese products do not ship during the summer months.
My cheese is here! But it's been traveling for several days, and it's at room temperature. Is it really alright to eat?
  • Even if your cheese is at room temperature, if you put it in the refrigerator right away it will be good to eat.
  • If you expect your cheese to arrive when you are not home, it is a good idea to have a trusted neighbor watch for the package, or, if possible, send it to your office.
  • If you have any concerns about the quality of your cheese, please contact a helpful customer service representative at Wisconsinmade.com by calling 1-877-947-6233 or emailing customerservice@wisconsinmade.com.
How do I store my cheese?

Follow these helpful tips for the best cheese storage:

  • Cheese absorbs flavors so keep it away from strong smelling foods (onions and garlic, for example). Storing cheese in its own drawer is the best.
  • Refrigerate 34-38 degrees (F).
  • Tightly wrap semi-hard cheese. Visit our cheese types page to learn more about cheese types.
  • Natural/pasteurized process cheeses keep in the fridge for 4-8 weeks.
  • If mold appears on cheese, cut 1/4-1/2 an inch from affected area and use the cheese in one week.
  • For more information, see our cheese buying and storing tips.
Can I freeze cheese?

Yes, just follow these helpful tips:

  • Wrap tightly in 1 pound or less pieces.
  • Label and date cheese.
  • Thaw the cheese in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing the cheese can change its texture, so thawed cheese works best in cooked dishes.
  • Want to use up your cheese in a unique recipe? Visit our cheese recipes page.
What's the best way to slice cheese?
  • Moist cheese cuts best when chilled.
  • Cut cheese with a chef's knife.
  • Score the wax or rind before cutting.
Source: All information is from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
 
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