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Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo
Zoom Cheese Grotto Cheese Grotto Mezzo

Cheese Grotto Mezzo

$125.00
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FOR THE BUDDING CHEESE CONNOISSEUR.

Featured in Oprah's Made in USA 2023 List!!

The perfect introductory model for cheese lovers with more modest cheese purchasing habits. Whether it’s a gift, or for serving before or after a dinner at home, the Grotto Mezzo is the ideal cheese storage solution. 

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Cheese Grotto Mezzo

$125.00

Long Description

• Smaller footprint than the Cheese Grotto Classico and Cheese Grotto Fresco
• Choice of shelf material (Bamboo or Writable Black Resin Board with soapstone chalk)
• Choice of frame material (finished baltic birch)
• 1 handcrafted clay brick for humidity control
• Holds up to 2 pounds of cheese
• Bamboo and birch do not warp
• Genuine leather tab with copper mount
• Plexi-glass paneling for easy viewing
• Sliding door is easy to open and close in the refrigerator
• Breathable back panel
• Made in the USA (New York)
• Handwash only

Birchwood has been traditionally used in cheese preservation for hundreds of years. Its bark has been wrapped as a belt around soft cheeses for even ripening and added woodsy flavor, and has been made into barrels for the aging of Greek Feta. It’s also been used during the smoking of Idiazabal cheese. Most importantly, birch has been used as shelves for aging in caves. Its tight surface is slower to absorb and release moisture, making it excellent for long-term storage. The finished birch featured in this model is sustainably made, and non-toxic. The finish on the birch makes it mold and stain resistant, both in the interior and exterior.

The Grotto Mezzo is a one-shelf size that fits up to 2 pounds of cheese of varying sizes and styles. With a base of 7 inches by 9 inches and a height of 6 inches, the Grotto Mezzo is an ideal storage solution for serving and storing cheeses throughout the week. The back panel is breathable, making for a perfect climate for simple, long-term storage of wedges and wheels of cheese in the refrigerator or short term storage on the kitchen counter.

For more advanced models for the connoisseur, check out the Grotto Classico and the Grotto Fresco.

Shipping Info

Each Grotto is handcrafted in the USA. We take pride in the detail and quality of our products. Please select the desired ship date for your Grotto. Grottos are shipped via FedEx, UPS, and USPS and shipping times are typically 1-7 business days after the ship date.

Dimensions

• 9 inches deep, 7 inches wide, 6 inches tall
• 4 pounds
• Materials designed for durability

Use & Care

• For long term storage of cheese, it is recommended to keep the Cheese Grotto at refrigeration temperatures (34ºF to 39º F, preferably 39ºF). For 7 to 10 days, you can store cheese in the Grotto under 70ºF, like the French do.
• Hand wash bamboo shelf with extremely hot water and a splash of distilled white vinegar. Black shelf is dishwasher safe.
• Allow the Grotto shelves to air dry between uses
• For maintenance of the bamboo shelf, a monthly application of mineral oil is recommended

Disclaimer

Wood has the potential to harbor bacteria and pathogens if not cleaned properly and regularly.

Though Cheese Grotto’s Jessica Sennett is an expert at bringing out cheese’s best flavors, she is not an expert in food safety and she does not offer any opinion about food safety. New York Department of Health regulations requires restaurants to store cheese at a temperature below 45 degrees F, except for up to two hours during preparation for food service. Nothing in Cheese Grotto’s materials, including statements regarding the shelf life of cheese, is intended to (and the materials should not be interpreted to) conflict with food safety regulations and recommendations.

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The Cheese Grotto is fantastic - it keeps my blocks of cheese fresher for longer periods of time, unwrapped in all their glory.

- CK, Cheese Grotto Classico Owner

It really does extend the life of cheese over time. Aside from the functionality, the Cheese Grotto looks great and is easy to maintain.

-Allan, Cheese Grotto Fresco Owner

The Cheese Grotto is a must have for anyone who loves cheese. Looks stunning and keeps all of your cheeses in perfect condition.

- Michael, Cheese Grotto Mezzo Owner

Customer Reviews

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Stefanie
Outstanding customer service

Outstanding customer service: prompt, responsive, and helpful communication about products and shipping.

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JP
It saved the Mozzarella!

I like cheese, and am blessed to live in an area that has a lot of local options. The Mezzo (and I am thrilled it came with mineral oil in a quantity to maintain the birch shelf for decades) did a noteworthy job on the various cheddar and gouda cheeses that were not consumed in a single sitting. Over the three months, it is more fun to think about going back to a cheese I tasted a week ago and know it will only have gotten better, not moldy. This is an improvement over beeswax cheese covers, and a big improvement when herbed cheeses need to wait for the next tasting.

But my main hope was to keep fresh mozzarella healthy. I cook pizza and stromboli from scratch, and buy mozzarella in large logs that don't get used up in a single baking. In the past, the life of such a moist cheese was only a few days. So I'd find myself planning another baking or a caprese salad when I didn't want one, just to use the cheese and not have to perform mold surgery. I can report a two week layover left the cheese in perfect shape and moist. This is a huge win, and has made my life better. GIven the quality of construction, the even better job it does, the Mezzo is a bargain at twice the price. Literally.

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Hannah
Love love love highly recommend

Love love love highly recommend

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Tina L
GREAT WEDDING SHOWER PRESENT

The couple absolutely loved it and we can’t wait for the charcuteries!

S
Sean
Great product

Great product

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Shipping Details

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.