Cheese Grotto I Specialty Cheese and Cheese Storage

The Best Farmhouse British Cheddars

The Best Farmhouse British Cheddars

Cheese Journeys' “Cheddar Odyssey” is an organized vacation highlighting the best farmhouse cheddars & cheeses in England. What is a farmhouse British or English Cheddar? This blog post explains and highlights the best Farmhouse Cheddar coming out of England. It also highlights the history and cheesemakers behind these visionary styles of cheddar.

How to Store & Serve Different Styles of Sheep Milk Cheese

How to Store & Serve Different Styles of Sheep Milk Cheese

Ever wondered how to best store and serve different sheep milk cheese styles? Sheep milk cheeses are exceptionally fatty and delicious.  From soft and spreadable to dense and salty, sheep milk cheese has its own characteristics, textures, and flavor profiles. This post will outline the composition of sheep milk cheese and how to best enjoy it.

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.

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.

My Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate. You're welcome.

My 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!

Minimalist Kitchen: Cutting Down on Food Waste

Minimalist Kitchen: Cutting Down on Food Waste

You can use the left over high quality cheese in a delicious cast-iron cheese fondue, as seen in this recipe. The cheese fondue recipe was inspired by the movement to cut down on food waste in the kitchen, and be an adventurous culinary at the same time. This is a win-win

Video: Goat Cheese's Signature Flavor Profile

Video: Goat Cheese's Signature Flavor Profile

Ever noticed the inherent "goaty" characteristic of goat cheese? Join me as I taste 3 different goat cheese styles and dig a little into the science behind each cheese's flavor profile.

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: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Video: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Microbrews and specialty cheeses are a joy to pair together. Both are more complex and nuanced in flavor, texture, and body than their more conventional counterparts. Watch this video to learn about how to best pair cheese and beer.  It's a lot of fun!

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 Cheese, Pt. 4

How to Store & Serve Cheese, Pt. 4

How to store cheese at room temperature between 41 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit. The rate of fermentation and ripening of a cheese is directly related to the temperature in which the cheese is stored.