Bread care 101
What to expect when you’re expecting bread
We ship our breads using two-day service. Each of our breads comes wrapped in a paper bread bag ready to eat for a few days, or to be wrapped in plastic and frozen for longer storage.
Do not be alarmed if the bread seems hard or dry… our crust is the best (and only!) preservative in our bread! It’s almost magical how well it returns to that “fresh-baked” status with a little time in the oven. Crispy, thick crust; soft, chewy crumb inside.
How to store your bread
Store your loaf in its paper bag on the counter – out of reach of hungry husbands, wily wives, clever kids – for a few days. Don’t put it in the fridge, it’ll wreak havoc on the texture. If your loaf is sliced it’s best to wrap it in a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out.
If you don’t plan on eating your bread right away, double bag the loaf–or part of it–in plastic and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy it, remove the plastic bags and follow the heating steps below.
How to serve your bread
All of our breads are completely baked all the way so reheating is not necessary. You can eat the bread right out of the bag (ripping pieces or cutting slices – no judgment here). If it’s frozen, you can leave the bread to thaw fully on the counter and then eat it. We only suggest that the bread will give you the “just out of the oven” experience… if you reheat it in the oven..
Starting with frozen bread? Let it defrost on the counter for 30 minutes, then follow these same directions.
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees
- Take the bread out of the bag
- Throw the whole, half, or part of the loaf on the oven rack naked
- Leave it til it’s hot the whole way through — about 15-20 minutes
- Take time to smell the roses, or better, the amazing aroma coming out of your oven
What to expect when you’re expecting cheese
How will the cheese ship?
In warmer months (early April to mid September), we ship cheese with two business day service plus warm weather care. We employ an ice pack and insulation defensive strategy that ensures your shipment arrives in great shape. Dry ice will evaporate, ice packs may melt, but they will have done their job on the journey. The extra packaging is reusable on picnics and road trips.
The rest of the year (late September to the end of March), the shipping method will either be flat rate service (1-4 business days) for our more durable aged, hard cheeses or two business day service for our more perishable younger, soft cheeses. Aged cheeses can withstand the time in transit – their age ensures their durability.
What’s up with that oil?
If you see oil, that’s just moisture leaking out of the cheese. Cheesemongers call it weeping, which sounds sad, but it’s natural and there’s no need for condolences. Just wipe your wedge with a cloth.
Should I be worried about the smell?
When you open a wrapped piece of cheese that’s been closed in a box the aroma can be strong. The tight quarters don’t let it breathe well. Don’t worry. Give it a half hour of fresh air when you want to eat it.
How to store your cheese
Cheeses love temperatures around 50 degrees, but chances are it didn’t travel at that temperature. In winter it is cooler. In summer, hotter. Don’t worry, cheese is durable!
Place it in the door or a drawer of your refrigerator where the temperature is consistent but not too cold, ideally the spot closest to 50 degrees.
Keep the cheese in the cheese bag to help it keep better for longer.
After we hand-cut each piece of cheese to order, we wrap each piece in a bag made of special cheese paper. The paper allows the cheese to breathe which helps it to maintain great flavor. Keep the cheese in that bag in your fridge to help it keep better for longer. After you open the cheese for a nibble, any remainders can be put back into the bag. The cheese bag can be closed with a simple roll or fold – a sticker or tape will help, but is not needed.
Do not freeze your cheese!
Cheese is a living thing. Freezing will stop the natural processes that keep cheese so tasty.
The best way to serve cheese
Take your cheese out of the fridge about 20 to 30 minutes before you serve it. Cheese tastes best at room temperature. It makes a world of difference: the aromas expand, becoming more complex; more of the fat spreads on your tongue, which makes the flavor more intense. When cheese is warm you’ll eat less of it and enjoy it more.