Cheese Grotto I Specialty Cheese and Cheese Storage

How to Store & Ripen Camembert Cheese

How to Store & Ripen Camembert Cheese

Ever wondered how to best store & ripen Camembert at home?  Here is a step-by-step guide outlining the stages and ages of a Camembert-style cheese when stored in our Cheese Grotto.  After you read this, you'll understand when you want to cut into your wheel of bloomy-rind cheese.

[Video] How to Build a Cheese Board Like An American.

[Video] How to Build a Cheese Board Like An American.

This video outlines how to build an American flag cheese board.  Featuring strawberries, Coach Farm Goat Cheese, Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, and blueberries, the American-style cheese board looks wonderful on our American-made Adagio cheese server.

How to Build a Healthy Cheese Plate

How to Build a Healthy Cheese Plate

Health educator and cheese researcher, Babs Hogan, has discovered that specialty cheese is a superfood, and that it has real nutritional benefits.  This post highlights the top 9 healthiest cheeses and their nutritional benefits so you can build a guiltless cheese board.  Cheese is healthy, read this to learn why.

Our Complete Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate (You're Welcome)

Our Complete Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate (You're Welcome)

Both cheese and chocolate are delicious and complex. Both are maddeningly addictive. They make you feel elated, and are aphrodisiacs.  Cheese and chocolate pair well together and they pair well with wine, beer, and liqueurs.  This a step-by-step guide to pairing cheese and chocolate for your next dessert cheese board.

Consider storing your cheese at room temperature.

Consider storing your cheese at room temperature.

If you have the proper cheese storage, you can store your cheese at room temperature for up to 10 days.  Before refrigeration in Europe + the Middle East, specialty cheese was produced to preserve and extend the shelf-life of milk and cream.  French cheese safes were used in France, but now we have the Cheese Grotto!

[Video] Why is American Artisan Cheese Important? And How to Pair It...

[Video] Why is American Artisan Cheese Important? And How to Pair It...

Join us in a discussion on American Artisan Cheese.  We highlight the American Artisan Cheese movement and why it is important to our local and regional economies.  We also discuss how to pair the featured cheeses with nuts, fruit, jam, and beer/microbrews!

[Video] How to ripen Robiola and Bloomy Rind Cheeses to perfection

[Video] How to ripen Robiola and Bloomy Rind Cheeses to perfection

If when you purchase a wheel of Robiola cheese or Camembert cheese it is still too firm and not yet gooey and soft the way you like it, you can age and ripen the whole wheel of bloomy rind cheese so that it continue to soften and become spreadable.  This video blog post explains how to do this using our Cheese Grotto.

How to Store & Serve High Moisture and Low Moisture Cheeses , Pt. 3

How to Store & Serve High Moisture and Low Moisture Cheeses , Pt. 3

The water content of a cheese directly impacts the storage method, and the duration of a cheese's life. In this post, I have separated cheeses into two categories below, as a simple guide: Higher Moisture and Lower Moisture. These two cheese categories have different requirements and shelf-life.

How to Store & Serve Soft Goat Cheese & Washed Rind Cheese

How to Store & Serve Soft Goat Cheese & Washed Rind Cheese

An in-depth guide on how to best store and serve soft goat cheese and washed rind cheese styles.  Our Cheese Grotto storage pieces allow you to keep cheese fresher for longer, but this cheese storage information is useful for your tupperware or cheese paper solutions, too.

How to Store Different Styles of Cheese, Pt. 1

How to Store Different Styles of Cheese, Pt. 1

Naturally-made cheese is a complex food.  As a cheese ripens, it develops different flavors, aromas, and textures dependent upon the storage conditions. This blog post highlights how to store camembert, bloomy rinds, washed rinds, hard cheeses, alpine cheeses, cheddars, and blue cheeses.

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

Developing a Cheese Palate Developing a cheese palate takes time, and it takes complete immersion in a vast variety of dairy.  When I started work...

Mt. Tam Baked in Puff Pastry with Strawberry Preserves and Thyme

Mt. Tam Baked in Puff Pastry with Strawberry Preserves and Thyme

Before the weather gets too warm, wrap a Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam in puff pastry, and indulge.  This is a perfect party trick, as it packs a wow ...