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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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Ibores DO
Ibores DO
from Spain by Extremadura

An origin-protected goat's milk cheese from Extremadura.

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Raw Goat's Milk Cheese with Red Wine
Raw Goat's Milk Cheese with Red Wine
from Spain by Buenalba

A great artisan cheese from La Mancha, this is made from raw goat's milk cheese, cured with rich red Cencibel wine.

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El Viejo Maestro Goat Cheese
El Viejo Maestro Goat Cheese
from Spain by Quesos del Casar

A semi-firm Spanish goat cheese from Extremadura with a wonderful creaminess and milky sweet flavor.

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Montasio
Montasio
from Italy

A venerable DOP Italian cheese from Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

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Grafton Clothbound Cheddar
Clothbound Cheddar
from United States by Grafton

A cheddar-like cheese from the Auverge region, with a mildly sharp taste and smooth texture.

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Creamy Havarti
Creamy Havarti
from United States by Dofino

Extremely smooth and delicate. Easy to use in cooking, be it in a sandwich or melted atop a dish.

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El Viejo Maestro Goat Cheese
Goat Cheese with Rosemary
from Spain by El Piconero

Aromatic dried rosemary brightens up this smooth Spanish goat's milk cheese made in La Mancha.

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Sheep Cheese with Fine Herbs
El Piconero Sheep's Milk Cheese with Fine Herbs
from Spain by El Piconero

A sheep's milk cheese made in the style of a Spanish Manchego and rubbed with fine Mediterranean herbs.

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El Viejo Maestro Goat Cheese
Goat Cheese with Fine Herbs
from Spain by El Piconero

A goat's milk cheese made in the style of a Spanish Manchego and rubbed with fragrant Mediterranean herbs.

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Manchego Spanish Sheep Cheese, Aged 3 Months
Manchego Spanish Sheep Cheese, Aged 3 Months
from Spain by El Hidalgo

Beloved for its distinctive flavor and texture, Manchego’s tangy, nutty profile make it a favorite among cheese lovers everywhere.

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Sheep Cheese with Fine Herbs
Sheep Cheese with Rosemary
from Spain by El Piconero

Authentic Spanish cheese made from the milk of mature ewes, seasoned with rosemary

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Raclette, Pre-Sliced
Raclette, Pre-Sliced
from France by Livradois

Conveniently packaged pre-sliced Raclette makes enjoying this classic Swiss cheese faster and easier than ever!

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Good Thunder - Washed Rind Cheese
Good Thunder - Washed Rind Cheese
from United States by Alemar Cheese Company

This cheese's bold flavors and unforgettable aroma make it an exciting choice for those who appreciate artisanal cheeses with a distinctive character.

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Julianna Herbed Goat Cheese
Julianna Herbed Goat Cheese
from United States by Capriole

This tangy, herb-infused goat’s milk cheese is a must-have addition to your next charcuterie board or cheese tray.

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Mont St. Francis Goat Cheese
Mont St. Francis Goat Cheese
from United States by Capriole

With its rustic look and bold taste, this washed-rind cheese offers a funky profile most American cheeses can only aspire to.

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American Cheese
American Cheese
from United States by New School

This gourmet American cheese offers a high-quality taste of nostalgia.

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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?
A:

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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