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Semi Hard Cheese

Some of the most iconic cheeses in the world fall into the semi hard category. Offering mild, buttery profiles punctuated by nutty, savory notes of flavor, it's no wonder they're popular. Here, you’ll never find anything too tangy - like fresh cheeses - or too salty - like hard cheeses. With something for everyone, this versatile class of cheese is loved for its sliceable, meltable characteristics. Discover old favorites and new picks from our tasty selection below!
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Queso de Cabra al Romero
Cabra Romero Goat Cheese
from Spain by Montesinos

Blue di Bufala
Blue di Bufala
from Italy by Quattro Portoni

Crafted exclusively from buffalo milk this cheese offers a distinct and refined flavor profile.

Reading Raclette Cheese | Gourmet Food Store
Reading Raclette
from United States by Spring Brook Farms

An American take on the iconic Alpine cheese, this Raclette offers savory flavors with a nutty finish.

Provolone Piccante - Aged 12 Months
Jake's Baby Gouda - Aged 2 Months
Jake's Baby Gouda - Aged 2 Months
from United States by Jake’s Gouda

Softer and smoother than its aged counterpart, this baby gouda is a delicate and delicious addition to the cheeseboard.

Caciocavallo Silano
Caciocavallo Silano
from Italy by Molise

St. Germain
St. Germain
from United States by Blakesville Creamery

Bodega Blue
Bodega Blue
from United States by WM Cofield

At the junction of craftsmanship and culinary excellence, you’ll find Bodega Blue, a meticulously crafted cheese that offers tangy, bold flavors.

Murcia al Vino
Murcia al Vino
from Spain by Palancares

Made from the milk of Spanish Murciano-Granadina goats, Murcia al Vino is firm, buttery and full-bodied.

5(2 reviews)
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Fiscalini Purple Moon - Wine Soaked Cheddar
Purple Moon - Wine Soaked Cheddar
from United States by Fiscalini

A delightful purple-rinded cheddar that's been soaked in a Californian Cabernet for a unique, fruity finish

5(1 review)
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Monterey Jack, Dry - Aged 10 Months
Monterey Jack - Aged 10 Months
from United States by Vella Cheese

A classic American cheese, dry-aged 10 months for a firm, straw-hued paste and sweet nutty flavor.

5(1 review)
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Manchego Cheese - Artisan D.O.P. - Aged 4 months
Manchego Cheese - Artisan D.O.P. - Aged 4 months
from Spain by Artequeso

A young Manchego from the La Prudenciana Estate in la Mancha.

5(1 review)
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Cacio de Roma
Cacio de Roma
from Italy by Sini

A sheep's milk cheese bathed in sea salt and aged in wood cellars for thirty days.

5(1 review)
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Cabrales DO - Asturias
Cabrales DO - Asturias
from Spain by Asturias

This Spanish famous blue cheese has a tangy sharp taste .

4.7(3 reviews)
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Fiscalini Hopscotch Cheddar - Scotch Ale Beer Cheddar
Hopscotch Cheddar - Scotch Ale Beer Cheddar
from United States by Fiscalini

Soaked in beer, this malty, hop-spiked cheddar is great for casual night snacking, dips, burgers and more.

4(1 review)
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Provolone Cheese Slices
Provolone Cheese Slices
from United States by Great Lakes Cheese

One of Americas' most beloved sandwich cheeses, this Provolone is mild, delicious and convenient!

3(1 review)
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Madrigal Cheese - French Baby Swiss Cheese
Madrigal Cheese - French Baby Swiss Cheese
from France by President

A sweet and nutty French cheese made in the style of Swiss Alpine cheeses, perfect for melting.

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French Raclette
French Raclette
from France by Fromi

A winter favorite in France and Switzerland, this semi-hard cow's milk cheese is often enjoyed melted over breads, meats and other dishes.

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Beaufort
Beaufort
from France by Schmidhauser

An alpine cheese from Savoie made from specially-cared for Tarine cows.

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Gouda Cheese
Gouda Cheese
from United States by Wisconsin Gold

A buttery-flavored Gouda with firm yet creamy texture, made within our own shores

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Kefalotiri Cheese
Kefalotiri Cheese
from Greece by Krinos

Salty and tangy, this beloved sheep's milk Greek cheese melts beautifully and is a great addition to the cheese board.

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Prima Donna
Prima Donna Fino
from Netherlands by Cheeseland

A Dutch cheese made in the Italian tradition, this is a wonderful cow's milk cheese with nutty flavors similar to parmesan.

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Comte Fort Saint Antoine - 36 Months
Comte Petit Marcel Extra Grand Cru - 36 Months
from France by Marcel Petite

An exclusive Comte from Petit Marcel, Extra Grand Cru is aged for at least 3 years for an incredibly rich and complex flavor.

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Los Cameros Cheese - Cured in Olive Oil
Los Cameros Cheese - Cured in Olive Oil
from Spain by Los Cameros

An olive-oil cured mixed milk from the Rioja region of Spain, Los Cameros is milky and fresh with a lovely intensity.

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Petit Agour Reserve - Raw Milk
Petit Agour Reserve - Raw Milk
from France by Agour

An extra-aged award-winning sheep's milk cheese from the Pyrenees mountains, with a firm texture and a nutty and grassy flavor.

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Fiscalini Smoked Cheddar
Smoked Cheddar
from United States by Fiscalini

A caramel-hued cheddar smoked over local apple, cherry and hickory wood chips for a rustic, woodsy flavor.

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Abondance Fermier AOC
Abondance Fermier AOC
from France

Superb fromage, Abondance has a pungent smell and subtle, fruity notes. Brined in a very salty solution for its characteristic taste.

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Pata de Mulo Curado Sheep's Milk Cheese
Pata de Mulo Curado Sheep's Milk Cheese
from Spain by La Trashumancia

A sheep's milk cheese from Spain, Pata de Mulo is firm and creamy with a smooth flavor, perfect with membrillo paste.

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About Semi Hard Cheese

Like all cheeses, semi hard varieties are made by separating curds from whey. While hard cheeses lose all the moisture that can be pressed from them, semi hard cheeses are allowed to retain slightly more. This additional moisture adds a creamy quality to the cheeses. Many of the wheels in this category are covered, whether that be in a wax rind, like Gouda or Cheddar, or cloth, like Red Leicester or Caerphilly. These coverings serve many purposes, but chief among them is to help with moisture control. Wax and cloth help prevent over-evaporation, keeping your semi hard cheeses sliceable yet yielding.

Types of Semi Hard Cheese

The world of semi hard cheeses is wide and varied: popular for their typically mild profile, their dense yet yielding texture, and their excellent meltability, semi hard cheeses are the workhorses of the kitchen. Some of the most popular in the world, iconic cheeses like Cheddar, Asiago, Cantal, Comte, Edam, Gruyere, Idiazabal, Jarlsberg, Mahon, and Manchego are all examples of this diverse category of cheese.

Palate-pleasing, mild, and flavorful, they are perfect for a long list of applications - a gourmet cheese board or dessert cheese plate, layered into sandwiches or melted into a classic au gratin. The type of cheese you can easily take on a picnic in the Spring or melt into fondue in the Winter - perfect for every season and occasion! We source our wheels from artisan producers who take pride in their craft and produce delicious cheeses. Shop our carefully curated selection and enjoy some of the best cheeses on the market!

Purchasing from Gourmet Food Store

At Gourmet Food Store, we pride ourselves on sourcing the best available. Offering a carefully curated selection: our easy-to-navigate website is one of the premier online resources for luxury ingredients. Order your favorites from the comfort of your home, and thanks to our expedited shipping services, enjoy them as soon as tomorrow!

Semi Hard Cheese Questions And Answers

Q:Can Semi Hard Cheese be Frozen?
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We do not recommend freezing semi hard cheese. Because this category of cheese has a higher water content, freezing has a more profound effect. The water crystallizes, and when the cheese thaws, it will be grainy and have lost its creamy texture.

Q:How should I store semi-hard cheese?
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When storing cheese, wrap it in wax or cheese paper. Avoid plastic wrap, as this can trap moisture and cause molding. Store your wrapped cheese in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. These steps will help maintain the cheese you buy at its best.

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