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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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Mimolette - 24 Months
Mimolette - 24 Months
from France by Rodolphe Le Meunier

Faultline - Aged 6 Months
Faultline - Aged 6 Months
from United States by Central Coast Creamery

This exceptional cheese offers a mature profile that is sharp and nutty yet subtly sweet.

Aries - Aged Alpine Style Cheese
Aries - Aged Alpine Style Cheese
from United States by Shooting Star Creamery

An homage to traditional Alpine style cheeses, Aries offers a fresh buttermilk flavor and sweet finish reminiscent of pineapple.

Corner Stone - Raw Cow Milk Cheese
Corner Stone - Raw Cow Milk Cheese
from United States by Parish Hill Creamery

A new American classic, Corner Stone is a collaboration between three farms to explore the power of terroir.

Walpole
Walpole
from United States by WM Cofield

Ossau Iraty Reserve, AOP - Aged 6 Months
Ossau Iraty Reserve, AOP - Aged 6 Months
from France by Saloirs de Louis

Pecorino Toscano Stagionato DOP
Pecorino Toscano Stagionato DOP
from Italy by Fromage Marquis

This distinctive Italian cheese makes a fragrant addition to your table or cuisine.

5(8 reviews)
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San Joaquin Gold
San Joaquin Gold
from United States by Fiscalini

A firm cheddar-like cheese with mild, sweet flavor and nutty aroma, great for snacking, grating and melting.

5(4 reviews)
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Grana Padano - 11 Months
Italian Grana Padano Cheese - 11 Months
from Italy by Ambrosi

An Italian cheese classic, this aged hard cheese is perfect for grating over risotto and pasta.

5(3 reviews)
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Old Dutch Master Gouda
Old Dutch Master Gouda
from Netherlands by Frico

An award-winning Gouda made with fresh milk from Friesian cows, matured 40 weeks for a bold, nutty flavor and crystalline consistency.

5(1 review)
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Piave Stravecchio - Aged 1 year
Piave Stravecchio - Aged 1 year
from Italy by Veneto

The essential companion to your polentas, this full-bodied formaggio from Italy is a rare discovery!

5(1 review)
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"White Gold" Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano "White Gold"
from Italy by La Traversetoles

From cows raised on grass, hay and flax, this Parmigiano Reggiano is bursting with unique flavor and aroma.

5(1 review)
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Pecorino in Walnut Leaves (Foglie di Noce)
Pecorino in Walnut Leaves (Foglie di Noce)
from Italy by Emilia

A hard Italian sheep's milk Pecorino cheese wrapped in walnut leaves for an earthy, herbaceous flavor and aroma.

5(1 review)
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Idiazabal Smoked D.O.P.
Idiazabal D.O.P. - Black Label
from Spain by Artzai Gazta

A delicious Spanish sheep’s milk cheese filled with complex flavors and a smoky twist.

5(1 review)
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Gran Reserva Raw Sheep Milk Cheese, Grated - 12 Months
Gran Reserva 12-Month Aged Grated Raw Sheep Milk Cheese
from Spain by La Antigua

An extra aged, 12 month raw sheep’s milk cheese from Zamora, from the milk of Churra sheep in a practical dispenser.

5(1 review)
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Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Romano
from Italy by Sini Fulvi

A strong-flavored, rock hard cheese from Lazio, Italy, perfect for grating.

4.7(3 reviews)
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Sheep Milk Cheese with Pink Peppercorn
Sheep Milk Cheese with Pink Peppercorn
from Spain by La Antigua

The perfect balance between the rich flavor of sheep’s milk cheese and the exotic spice of pink peppercorns.

4.7(3 reviews)
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Goat Cheese with Paprika - Raw Milk
Goat Cheese with Paprika - Raw Milk
from Spain by Buenalba

This sublime, complex cheese is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy goat cheese and bold smoked paprika.

4.5(2 reviews)
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Asiago Stravecchio Extra
Asiago Stravecchio DOP Extra
from Italy by GourmetFoodStore.com

A hard and pungent extra-aged Asiago cheese full of caramel flavors and a great sharpness.

4(4 reviews)
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Sheep Milk Cheese with Wild Berries
Sheep Milk Cheese with Wild Berries
from Spain by La Antigua

A naturally creamy and sweet sheep’s milk from Spain infused with wild berries

4(2 reviews)
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Caprichos de la Pastora Azafran - Sheep Milk Cheese with Saffron
Sheep Milk Cheese with Saffron
from Spain by La Antigua

A buttery sheep's milk cheese infused with threads of fine La Mancha saffron, cured for 4 to six months to fully develop the flavors.

4(2 reviews)
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Fiore Sardo
Fiore Sardo
from Italy by Mitica

One of Italy's oldest cheese, made in the Island of Sardinia from sheep's milk cheese with a sharp flavor and a hard texture. Pair with fruits and red wines.

3(1 review)
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Cotija Cheese - Mexican Style Grating Cheese
Mexican Cotija Cheese
from Mexico by La Chona

Mexico's answer to Parmesan and Feta, Cotija is salty and crumbly and perfect for authentic tacos and burritos.

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Manchego Cheese - Kosher - Pre order
Kosher Manchego Cheese - Aged 6 Months
from Spain by Aurora

A certified kosher version of the beloved Spanish sheep's milk cheese made from Manchega sheep milk.

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Garrotxa
Garrotxa
from Spain by Catalonia

An artisanal goat's milk cheese from the Catalunian region of Spain.

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Sarafina Grated Parmesan Cheese | Bulk Cheese | Gourmet Food Store
Grated Parmesan Cheese
from France by Sarafina

Ideal for restaurants and caterers, our bulk bag of parmesan cheese by Sarafina comes finely grated, perfect for Italian specialties.

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Fol Epi
Fol Epi
from France by Fol Epi

Fol Epi is a very protein-rich cows milk cheese from the Loire Valley, delivering a slightly nut-flavored taste.

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Reggianito
Reggianito
from Argentina by Fromage Marquis

Argentina's answer to Parmigiano-Reggiano, this hard, salty cow's milk cheese grates wonderfully over pastas and other dishes.

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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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