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[Video] Cheese Grotto Care: A Ritual and a Guide

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We live in the age of convenience.  So much so, that often the daily rituals we enjoy so thoroughly get thrown to the wayside.  I invite people to take the extra few moments out of your day, week, month, year to enjoy the ritual of cheese.

The reason I became so inspired by specialty cheese is because of the care and process involved with each cheese produced.  The Cheese Grotto provides a ritual around specialty cheese each time you store, serve, and maintain the preservation device.  I often compare it to a cast-iron pan: something that gets better with time, and requires some thoughtful care to keep it shining.

Why porous materials?

Our larger model, The Grotto Classico, is designed for cheese connoisseurs and is constructed of architecturally resistant bamboo for two reasons: it is 3X harder than solid oak, and it stands up to a lifetime of humidity fluctuations.  The porosity of the material cultivates the cheese and helps it ripen while preserving the intended flavor and texture.  A cheese connoisseur will not mind taking a few more minutes out of their schedule in order to preserve the integrity of their cheese.  

If you are seeking a model that requires less maintenance but features more limited functionality, we recommend our smaller models, The Grotto Fresco or The Grotto Mezzo with the Black Richlite shelving.  The structure is pre-finished, and the shelving is dishwasher safe. 

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Why clean with hot water and distilled white vinegar?

This cleaning formula of 3:1 hot water to vinegar, is used by cheese makers as a natural way to preserve the wooden shelves in their cheese caves.  It is a way to freshen up the material without losing all the wonderful cheesy activity that helps define a cheese's flavor and texture.

The clay brick also requires a refresher, every 3 months, with the same solution.  Simply soak the brick for 2 minutes in the solution.

Why air dry?

Air drying the shelves and the bricks after maintenance helps seal them for their next use so that the cheese stays fresh.  After maintenance is completed, you can return to cheese business as usual.  

Why mineral oil?

Treat your Cheese Grotto like a cutting board.  The mineral oil helps protect the wood over time from stains and blemishes. After many years of use, the Cheese Grotto's aesthetic allure will only increase with rustic charm and beauty.



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Shipping Details


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.