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Let's begin with a beginners introduction to cheese.
Fresh cheese does not undergo the aging process, maintains a moist consistency, and is best consumed- fresh. Notably, fresh cheeses do not have a rind, are characterized by their light, clean, milky taste and bright white color. Try- Fresh Chevre, Fresh Mozzarella, Burrata
Soft Ripened & Hardened Rind Cheeses
Washed Rind Cheeses
The outer rinds of these cheeses are washed in liquids such as brine and/or liquor, to encourage bacterial growth, a distinctive orange coloring, and the reputation of being stinky cheese. Try- Epoisses, Taleggio, Grayson
Most of these mellow, pliable cheeses are excellent selections for melting. The medium consistency and texture varies from pudding soft to borderline firmness. Try- Fontina, La Serena, Morbier
A personal favorite, firm cheeses slice up well for snacks and entertaining. Firm cheese is slightly softer in texture than Parmigiano-Reggiano with sweet, nutty, earthy flavors. Try- Cheddar, Manchego, Alpine/Swiss cheese
These are the aged cheeses with little moisture, ideal for grating into and over food, and great for snacking. The flavors of these cheeses can be sharp, salty, or sweet. Try- Parmigiano Reggiano, Podda Classico, Aged Goudas
Blue cheese is easily recognized by its signature blue molding. Delivering a wide variety of texture and flavor, Blues can be creamy, crumbly, mild, piquant, or meaty.
Now let's bring on the cheese!
For the Serious Cheesehead- Murray's Cavemaster Cheeses- Deep in the secret labyrinths of our cheese caves, great things are happening. Our Cavemaster selects unique “baby” cheeses from talented artisans, dresses them up (think fresh herbs, fennel pollen…), pats them down (local wine, craft cider) and sings them to pitch-perfect ripeness. You won’t find these Murray's exclusive cheeses anywhere else—or any other cheeses quite like these. Aged right here in LIC, Queens for local flair. (pictured)
For an Instantaneous Party in a Box- Murray’s Essential Holiday Gift- With favorite, stunning American artisan cheeses from lush Champlain Valley Triple Cream to Point Reyes Bay Blue, silky La Quercia prosciutto, brown butter caramels, jam, honey, sea salt crackers and more—this box is an instant party and a delicious, abundant holiday blowout. (Invite yourself over if you’re smart.)
For Going All Out- Murray's Top Shelf- This is the crème de la crème of collections—total lavishness and no reservations. We assembled our fanciest favorites in one place so you can impress the best. Open a picnic basket to find glorious cheese, Iberico ham, Barolo-infused handcrafted salami, honey comb, olive oil crackers, and more. Holiday heaven.
For a Whole Year of Cheese Elation- Murray's Cheese of the Month- Serious cheese-lovers, welcome to heaven. Club members receive three limited production, life-changing cheeses each month, lovingly selected to reflect the seasons. 2016 = the year of cheese euphoria.
For the Carnivore- Murray's Meat of the Month- Each month you’ll receive our choicest, meatiest selections: cooked & cured, whole & encased meats; salamis; and pates. Two of these delicious selections will arrive at your doorstep on the third Thursday of the month, ready to be torn into.
In our circles, we party with the serious cheeseheads, so its all about the Cavemaster Cheeses. My kids will look at you quite confused if you were to hand them an individually, plastic-wrapped slice of cheese. They're learning to appreciate the Gouda life. (I'm cheesy!) Aside from sharing the Murray name and New York origins, I have to say that Murray's Cheese brings about the ambiance of a classic, neighborhood vendor with an upscale flair. There is something for every taste and every budget. And did I mention, the chocolate?
Visit Murray's Cheese to see all that they have to offer!