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Cheese Buying & Storing Tips

Cheese Buying & Storing Tips

Buying Cheese
  • 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.
  • 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, the order might not ship until Monday, but don't worry- fresh Wisconsin cheese is worth the wait.
  • Different cheeses have different shipping requirements, so when shopping for cheese at Wisconsinmade.com, click on the shipping tab to find out more information about the shipping of particular cheeses.
  • With standard shipping, cheese may take 5-10 days to arrive at your door from the day it is ordered.
  • Some cheeses require expedited shipping to ensure it is delivered in optimal condition. There may be similar cheeses that can ship with standard shipping. Contact customer service at 1-877-947-6233 to help find the cheese that fits your taste and budget.
  • Cheese is a great option if you want to ship a taste of home to a loved one serving overseas; see our APO/Military gift section.
  • Many cheeses require additional shipping charges (for faster arrival and better packaging) during warm months, and other cheeses don't ship at all. Click the shipping tab to find out more about shipping particular cheeses.
Cheese of the Month Club
  • Looking for a cheese gift that keeps on giving? Try one of our Cheese of the Month Clubs! A different gourmet cheese will be shipped to the recipient each month for 3, 6, or 9 consecutive months.
  • Cheese of the Month Clubs ship September-May.  The clubs go on hiatus June-August due to the hot weather.
  • Our Award Winning Cheese of the Month Club, 1 pound or 2 pounds features monthly shipments of outstanding cheeses produced with pride and passion by Wisconsin cheesemakers.
  • Upon ordering, a letter will be sent to the recipient announcing the gift, duration, and a list of monthly selections.
Storing Cheese
  • Cheese absorbs flavors so keep it away from strong smelling foods (onions and garlic, for example). Store cheese in its own drawer if possible.
  • Refrigerate 34-38 degrees (F).
  • Tightly wrap semi-hard cheese.
  • 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.
Freezing Cheese
  • Wrap cheese tightly in 1 pound or less pieces.
  • Label and date cheese.
  • Thaw the cheese in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing cheese can change its texture, so thawed cheese works best in cooked dishes.
Slicing Cheese
  • Moist cheese cuts best when chilled.
  • Cut cheese with a chef's knife.
  • Score wax or rind before cutting.
  • Slice cheese and then use small cookie cutters to make fun shapes that are perfect for parties or kid's lunch boxes.
Cheese Curd Tips
  • Learn more about cheese curds and how to eat and serve them on the Wisconsinmade.com food fun blog, Edible Antics.
  • Curds are best if consumed in 3-4 days.
  • Curds can be frozen, but they may loose some of their freshness.
  • Microwave curds for 3-5 seconds for a melt-y, squeaky texture.
 
Source: All information is from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
 
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