All of our wedges of cheese are labeled on the back with a sell-by date. The cheese will be good for 2-4 weeks after this date. After a week or two, the cheese forms a thin film of mold on the surface. This is simply the good molds and bacterias that are naturally in the cheese and does not affect the quality. When you are ready to eat the cheese, simply shave off the surface with a sharp knife. Once you open the cheese and cut into it, save the rest by wrapping it in wax paper or saran wrap.
The marinated feta and labneh is covered in oil, which serves as a natural preservative and allows the cheese to ship and travel unrefrigerated for a week. It will keep in your refrigerator for at least 6 months. Once you use some of the cheese, store the remainder by pushing the cheese down with a spoon to ensure it is submerged in the oil and store it in a refrigerator.
The Blue and Brie cheeses will last for a couple of months after purchase and just get stronger with age.
We ship cheese with ice packs to keep it cool. Packages sent with our standard shipping typically arrive within 1-2 business days, and during cooler weather, the ice packs will keep the cheese cool.
We also offer overnight shipping, which you may want to use during hot weather.
Artisan cheese which contains no preservatives will typically have a thin film of mold on it. The mold forms on the rind during the aging process. When cutting into the cheese, the knife pushes some of that mold into the cut so that it contacts the surface of the cheese. Because of that, you will normally begin to see mold forming within a few weeks after the cheese was cut.
Keep the cheese wrapped tightly in saran wrap when storing it. This will help to reduce mold.
On hard cheeses, as long as the mold is translucent, white or gray, it is not harmful. We recommend that you cut off any moldy sections of cheese and discard them.
Some molds that form on hard cheeses are harmful, but they are extremely rare. If you happen to see a mold that is fluorescent (bright green or pink) then discard the cheese and do not eat it or use it.
A cheeseboard is an enjoyable arrangement of cheese and other treats arranged on a board or platter. In addition to cheese, a cheeseboard might contain roasted nuts, olives, peppers, jellies -- even chocolates. To learn more, see our free course on how to make cheeseboards.
The rinds on all of our cheese are food-safe and can be eaten. Some rinds are more strongly flavored and the texture varies, so your level of enjoyment will depend on your taste buds.
Brie – many people especially enjoy the flavor of the edible white rind on Brie. It's often described as "mushroomy", or "woodsy." (Please see the note below about the bark wrapping that’s used on some of our Brie cheeses.)
Cheddar and Gouda - try a little of the rind and see if you like it. These rinds on these cheeses tend to have a strong flavor, which some people enjoy more than others.
Parmesan - the natural rind on Parmesan cheese is flavorful, but it tends to be hard because Parmesan is aged for a long time. Our suggestion is to slice off the rind and use it when making soup or broth. This is one of the times when it's okay to freeze cheese. Store the rinds from several wedges of Parmesan in a plastic bag in your freezer. Then when you've collected enough, add them to your soup. If you notice any mold, slice that off before use.
Van Sormon - the rind has an interesting and unique flavor from having been brushed repeatedly with vanilla, sorghum syrup and cinnamon. Try it and see what you think.
Wrappings on Certain Cheeses
It's important to distinguish between the rind and the wrapping. Some of our Brie cheeses, such as Mountain Maple Brie, have a wrapping on the outside. In this case, a thin piece of bark and a grape leaf are used to wrap the cheese. Although the wrappings are food-safe, they aren't intended to be eaten. On our hard cheeses, when you purchase them by the wedge, the wrapping has already been removed.
If you are sampling cheese from other sources, one thing to keep in mind is that you should remove and discard any type of man-made wrapping from the cheese. These wrappings may be made of cloth, wax and/or plastic.
When you buy cheese from us by the wedge, any wrappings that were used during the cheese-making process have already been removed.