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If you’re the type that likes your Cheddar in chunks and your Grana ready to grate, you’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll find some beloved favorites like crumbly Italian Parmigiano Reggiano, aged Cheddars studded with crystals, and buttery Manchegos ready to pair with soft Membrillo. Discover the best cheese for every dish, plus sheep’s milk and hard goat cheese varieties within our carefully curated selection!
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Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano - 24 Months
from Italy by Mitica

Prairie Breeze Cheddar- Precut
Prairie Breeze Cheddar- Precut
from United States by Milton Creamery

This six time award winner Prairie Breeze aged white cheddar is crumbly yet creamy with a savory finish you’ll love.

Red Rock - Blue Cheddar Cheese
Red Rock - Blue Cheddar Cheese
from United States by Roelli Cheese Haus

A testament to innovation, Red Rock is a blend of orange cheddar and blue cheese, offering a flavorful experience for those seeking something beyond the ordinary.

Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
from United States by Uplands Cheese

Inspired by the alpine cheeses of Switzerland, Pleasant Ridge offers a rich and salty complexity and a long, fruity finish.

Black Truffle Cheddar
Black Truffle Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

Explore the unique qualities of this gourmet addition to Plymouth’s exceptional lineup of cheeses.

Dunbarton Blue Cheddar
Dunbarton Blue Cheddar
from United States by Roelli Cheese Haus

Hand crafted and cellar cured this Dunbarton marries the sophisticated flavor of a fine English Cheddar with the zing of blue cheese!

Gruyere
Gruyere - 6 Months
from Switzerland by Gourmino

Semi-hard yet sliceable, this aged Gruyere’s profile is fruity, nutty, and complex.

Challerhocker
Challerhocker
from Switzerland by Annelies + Walter Rass-Huser

L'Amuse Signature Gouda - 2 Years
Signature Gouda by L'Amuse- 2 Years
from Netherlands by Fromagerie L’Amuse

Exceptionally creamy yet firm enough to slice, this cheese offers all the nutty notes of caramelized flavor one expects from a classic Gouda.

Montgomery's Farmhouse Cheddar
Montgomery's Farmhouse Cheddar
from United Kingdom by Neal's Yard Dairy

Bursting with bold umami flavor, this savory cheddar is firm with a crumbly texture and a finish that lingers on the palate.

Bianco Sardo Italian Cheese | Gourmet Food World
Bianco Sardo
from Italy

Midnight Moon
Midnight Moon
from Netherlands by Cypress Grove

This rich Gouda-style cheese offers deep caramel notes, perfectly balanced by savory highlights of flavor.

Brabander Goat Gouda - 6 Months
Brabander Goat Gouda - 6 Months
from United States by Fromagerie L’Amuse

Smooth and sliceable with notes of toffee, you’ll love this unique take on a traditional Gouda.

East Meadow Raw Cow Milk Cheese
East Meadow Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

Mild and approachable, this all-purpose cheddar goes with just about everything.

Jake's Aged Gouda - Aged 12 Months
Jake's Aged Gouda - Aged 12 Months
from United States by Jake’s Gouda

Aged to perfection for 12 months, this Gouda cheese offers a symphony of savory, rich flavors.

Smoked Cheddar
Smoked Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

Cold-smoked, this Vermont cheddar is creamy yet complex, highlighted by meaty notes of flavor.

Sambal Cheddar
Sambal Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

This cheese offers everything you love about classic cheddar but with a spicy twist thanks to the addition of chili-based Sambal.

Hunter Cheddar Cheese
Hunter Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

This cheddar’s depth of flavor and complexity make it a standout in Plymouth's diverse cheese portfolio.

Tommette de Brebis
Tommette de Brebis
from France by Saloirs de Louis

Pecorino Romano - Genuine
Pecorino Romano - Genuine
from Italy by Sini Fulvi

Plymouth Original Cheddar
Plymouth Original Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

Whether enjoyed on its own or incorporated into culinary creations, this cheese offers a delicious taste of American history.

Everton
Everton
from United States by Jacobs and Brichford

Firm and sliceable, this Alpine-style cheese has a nutty, sweet profile that pairs beautifully with almost anything.

Hot Pepper Cheddar
Hot Pepper Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

Jalapeno and Habanero peppers add delicious heat to Plymouth’s classic cheddar cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano di Montagna - 24 Months
Essex Manchego - 6 Months
Essex Manchego - 6 Months
from Spain by Finca Sierra de la Solana

Wilde Weide Gouda - 15 Months
Wilde Weide Gouda - 15 Months
from Netherlands by L'Amuse

Complex, this aged cheese has a texture more firm and crumbly than classic iterations of Gouda.

Sagittarius - Gouda Style Aged Cheese
Sagittarius - Gouda Style Aged Cheese
from United States by Shooting Star Creamery

A Gouda-style cheese, Sagittarius is a revelation of sweet and savory taste with a wonderfully creamy interior.

Melange Brebis - Chevre
Melange Brebis - Chevre Artisanal
from France by Saloirs de Louis

Made from a combination of sheep and goat’s milk, this cheese offers a unique blend of nutty, sharp flavors.

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About Hard Cheese

What makes a cheese hard? Beginning in the first stages of the cheesemaking process, hard cheeses are pressed to remove excess moisture and then aged. Wheels are stored in caverns and specially designed refrigerators to provide the ideal environment to create the savory complexity intrinsic to this type of cheese. A true art form, each step adds up to create the dry, crumbly texture and tastes we know and love.

Types of Cheese

We offer a selection of hard cheeses that are sourced from all around the world, with famous offerings from Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and more! Accompanying our classic varieties, you’ll find a host of new, exciting cheeses to try.

The cheeses within this category are a hardworking bunch. Endlessly versatile, use them to shave over risotto and pasta, melt into fondue, and create sumptuous au gratin dishes. From classic staples to new great American cheeses from artisan creameries, like Fiscalini’s cheddar and Monterrey Jack, our selection has something for all.

And, if you like a great cheese board, we’ve created some fabulous cheese baskets filled with - you guessed it -hard cheeses! Perfect for appetizers or a gourmet gift, add a crusty baguette or mini toasts, a great bottle of wine, and you’ve got the ideal gift for the cheese-loving foodie in your life.

Hard Cheese Questions And Answers

Q:Can Hard Cheese be Frozen?
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Yes, hard cheeses can be frozen. However, their flavor and texture may be changed slightly once thawed. Freezing is one of the best storage options for the long-term preservation of cheese.

Q:How Should Hard Cheese Be Stored?
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The best way to store cheese is in the refrigerator. Be sure to tightly wrap each portion in wax paper or plastic wrap to keep them from drying out or absorbing any odors that may change their taste.

Q:What are the Distinguishing Features of Hard Cheese?
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Classic characteristics include their savory flavor, firm, grateable texture, and their endless versatility in the kitchen. These traits make firm cheeses a favorite among everyone, from the inexperienced home cook to the professional chef.

Q:What are Some Popular Examples of Hard Cheeses?
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The list of hard cheeses we know and love is long and delicious, but some of the most famous include Parmesan, Cheddar, aged Gouda, Emmental, Gruyére, and hard blue cheese like Stilton. These tasty options come in a variety of iterations and a range of price points. Browse and buy your favorites right here, at Gourmet Food Store!

Q:What are Hard Cheeses?
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A category of cheese that has a firm texture thanks to more moisture being pressed out during the initial cheesemaking process. This is followed by a longer aging period. You’ll be able to recognize these types of cheese by their dense texture and rich, complex flavor profile.

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