Our soft ripened sheep cheeses are shipped to customers at their peak ripeness: about six to eight weeks of age. What does this mean? After the cheese is made, the surface begins to form a soft, white rind. The texture starts as semi-firm and softens as it ages from the rind inward. We deliver when it reaches the perfect texture!
Our hard cheeses will age for at least two months before being shipped. This process ensures your cheese is fully developed and flavorful upon arrival.
Our Fresh spreadable cheese is lactic style and fresh, meaning it’s un-aged cheese. The cheese ripens and drains for 48 hours, after which it is promptly packaged and ready for you to eat.
All of your cheeses are ready to eat as soon as you receive them! We recommend enjoying them within the first two weeks of opening, especially our soft-ripened cheeses, which will continue to ripen their entire shelf life. Keep it in the refrigerator to preserve freshness.
Wedges of hard blended sheep’s milk cheese should be eaten within two weeks of being cut. However, if you spot some mold, it is safe to scrape it off and eat the remaining cheese.
Take your cheese out of the refrigerator about an hour before you want to eat it, letting it reach room temperature before you dive in.
When it comes to our Fresh cheeses, if you want them to be spreadable, take them out of the refrigerator about an hour before you want to eat, letting it warm up a bit before you dive in. If you prefer your Fresh cheese crumbly, like for an omelet or salad, use right out of the fridge!
Don’t fear! It’s normal for cheeses to become aromatic as they ripen. When you first receive any of our bloomy or washed rind cheeses and cut into them, let them sit out of the wrapper for about 30 minutes until they reach room temperature. These cheesees will release some of those smells in the process.
Aromatic cheeses are among our favorites! Once you get it past your nose and into your mouth, you’re in for a wonderful surprise and complex flavors.