Rush Creek Reserve Cheese
**ETA 11/17 and guaranteed to arrive before Thanksgiving**
Produced only in the fall, as the diet of the cows begins to change from summer pasture to the winter’s dry hay. This rich milk is perfect for a cheese like Rush Creek, so soft and decadent that it’s often referred to as savory custard. Each cheese is wrapped in spruce bark, which gives shape to the cheese and imparts a subtle woodsy flavor.
Each cheese is shipped with a sticker on its packaging, showing the date by which it should be eaten. Typically, this “serve-by” date is 5-6 weeks from the date of shipment. For example, cheeses shipped in mid-November will have “serve-by” dates in late December or early January. Each cheese weighs approximately 10 ounces.
Before serving Rush Creek, bring the cheese to room temp or warm it gently in an oven. When using an oven, remove the paper wrapping and either wrap the cheese in tin foil or cover it in a ceramic crock. Place the cheese in a 250-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until the entire cheese becomes soft and warm.
Use a knife to cut around the perimeter of the cheese, just above the bark. Lift off the rind and scoop out the soft interior with a spoon. The rich, savory flavors are deep but delicate, and pair nicely with cured meats, roasted root vegetables and off-dry white wines.