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Hard Cheese

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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Manchego Cheese - Artisan D.O.P. - Aged 10 months
Manchego Cheese - Artisan D.O.P. - Aged 10 months
from Spain by Artequeso

An oily and crumbly premium aged Manchego from the La Prudenciana Estate In La Mancha, this is wonderfully bold and nutty.

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Verata Goat Cheese with Thyme - Organic
Organic Verata Goat Cheese with Thyme
from Spain by Hacienda Zorita

A very unique cheese made from the milk of the Verata cheese, infused with thyme for a fabulous aroma and flavor.

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Ubriaco al Prosecco Raw Milk
Ubriaco al Prosecco Raw Milk
from Italy

This sweet and fruity cheese is covered with Prosecco wine must (grape skins) during maturation.

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Pecorino Ginepro
Pecorino Ginepro
from Italy by Emilia

A sweet and fresh sheep's milk cheese from Romagna, Italy.

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Sancho Panza Manchego - Aged 12 Months
Sancho Panza Manchego - Aged 12 Months
from Spain by El Piconero

Aged for a year, this popular Spanish cheese from sheep's milk has a richer and deeper flavor than younger versions.

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Mini Manchego
Mini Manchego
from Spain by El Trigal

The ultimate tapas cheese, firm and buttery with a sharp flavor.

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Organic Queso De Dehesa Curado - Cured Sheep Milk Cheese - 12 months  | Gourmet Food Store
Organic Queso De Dehesa Curado - Cured Sheep Milk Cheese - 12 months
from Spain by Hacienda Zorita

A cured sheep’s milk cheese from Spain made from organic raw milk.

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Raw Sheep Milk Cheese Aged in Syrah Wine - Organic
Organic Raw Sheep Milk Cheese Aged in Syrah Wine
from Spain by Hacienda Zorita

This organic sheep's' milk cheese from Spain is aged for 6 months for a buttery texture and a sweet and fruity flavor.

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Comte Bellecombe - 6 months
Comte Bellecombe - 6 months
from France by Les 3 Comtois

Firm, buttery with a great nutty flavor, this mild Comte is perfect for melting.

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Idiazabal Smoked D.O.P.
Idiazabal Smoked D.O.P.
from Spain by Artzai Gazta

A great Spanish cheese with rich, complex flavors complemented by smoky undertones.

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Sheep Milk Cheese with Tempranillo Raisins
Sheep Milk Cheese and Tempranillo Raisins Jar
from Spain by La Antigua

A great little snack of cured Spanish cheese mixed with sweet Tempranillo raisins in a glass jar.

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Garrotxa Spanish Cheese
Garrotxa Spanish Cheese
from Spain by Mogent

An artisanal cheese produced in small farms in Catalunia, Spain, this goat cheese is aromatic, milky and smooth.

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Vellon de Fuentesauco Zamorano DOP - Raw Milk
Vellon de Fuentesauco Zamorano DOP - Raw Milk
from Spain by La Antigua

This award-winning Spanish cheese is made from raw sheep's milk to produce a cheese with a distinct and delicious terroir.

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Sage and Herbs Cheddar
Sage and Herbs Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

An aromatic medley of herbs adds an inspired layer of flavor to Plymouth’s delicious cheddar cheese.

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Paski Sir
Paski Sir
from Croatia by Paska Sirana d.d. Pag

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TomaTruffle - Precut
TomaTruffle - Precut
from United States by Point Reyes

This variation on a classic offers a creamy texture and buttery flavor punctuated by notes of earthy black truffle.

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Double Bubal - Water Buffalo Gouda
Double Bubal - Water Buffalo Gouda
from United States by Central Coast Creamery

This creamy Gouda-style cheese offers the familiar characteristics of this popular cheese with a flavorful twist.

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Hornbacher - 12 Months
Hornbacher - 12 Months
from Switzerland by Kaserei Fritzenhaus

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Garlic and Peppercorn Cheddar
Garlic and Peppercorn Cheddar
from United States by Plymouth Artisan Cheeses

This marbled cheddar offers a striking look and a complex flavor perfect for elegant presentations.

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Suffolk Punch Caciocavallo
Suffolk Punch Caciocavallo
from United States by Parish Hill Creamery

An American take on a traditional Italian favorite, this gourd-shaped cheese offers a delicious blend of tradition and innovation.

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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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