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How to Store & Ripen Fresh Crottin

Fresh Crottin by Vermont Creamery

This history of crottin cheese dates back to before the 8th century in Loire Valley, France.  The small rounds of ripened goat cheeses originate with the Saracens of Arab descent, who populated the Loire Valley at this time, and migrated to the region with their herds of goats.  When the Saracens were forced to leave the valley, they left their goats and cheese making traditions behind for the French to follow suit.  

Fresh Crottin, 3 days ripened

Vermont Creamery's Fresh Crottin is modeled after the region's Crottin de Chavignol, and it is inoculated with all the cultures necessary to eat fresh and rindless, or to ripen over a week to one month.  If Vermont Creamery's Fresh Crottin is not readily available, you can ask your local monger if they have any fresh French goat cheese already inoculated with cultures for ripening, and many of the top cheese counters do.

When ripened in the Grotto, the transformation of the crottin is gratifying and delicious at every stage.  Store the Crottin at approximately 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 80% humidity, flip the Fresh Crottin once in the morning, once at night, and it will develop a wrinkly rind within a week's time.  Store it for longer between 70% to 80% humidity, and the crottin will slowly become denser with time, becoming more flavorful and complex. The rind will become mottled with blue and gray molds within week three, which is completely normal and not to be feared.

Fresh Crottin, One Week Ripened

Before refrigeration existed, the crottin was an important cheese that, as it became denser with age, also increased its overall shelf life, making it a cheese that could preserve for over 3 months time.  It will become more piquant as it ages, transforming from a snacking cheese to something to grate over a salad or pasta.  It is an absolute treat to enjoy the crottin at any stage along the way. 

Fresh Crottin, 3 weeks ripened

 3 Week Old Crottin, cut in half.

I made a two video tutorials on how to best ripen the Crottin in the Grotto, watch along as I offer tips along the way so that you get your most desired result.

 

 

 

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Hardware

If you have purchased cheese hardware from our Grotto collection, it usually takes us 1 to 3 business days to ship your order, unless otherwise listed on the respective product page.

Cheese Orders

As the cheeses are a fresh product, we want to ensure the quickest transit time as possible, so your order arrives in the best possible condition.  Express shipping costs range from $25 - $55 depending on the package size, delivery window, location and carrier. We ship Mondays only each week, and orders must be placed by Thursday the week prior to be included in Monday's shipments.  If you purchased a cheese subscription with a set shipping schedule (Meet the Makers or any Gift Subscription), please refer to the respective product page for the fixed shipping schedule.

Please note: cheese ships from our cheese warehouse and hardware ships from our hardware warehouse. If you are purchasing both hardware and cheese, there will be a shipping charge for the cheese portion of your order.

International Orders

We are sorry, but we aren't legally allowed to ship cheese across the US border!  We can, however, ship our hardware from our Grotto collection worldwide.  Please note that the shipping costs options you see at checkout do not include customs, duties, and taxes which will be billed to you upon reaching the border, and will be an additional expense.  Those costs vary from country to country, but we recommend calculating at an additional 20% charge. If you refuse the package due to these additional fees and the hardware is returned to us, we will be able to issue a refund minus the outbound and return shipping costs.