The Emmental or Emmentaler as the Swiss say is pretty much the mother of Swiss cheese. It’s been copied so many times that many people have forgotten how an original, Swiss produced Emmental actually tastes. It’s nutty with a hint of sweetness. It melts very well too, especially in this younger version. Grate it over pasta or slice it thinly and make a cheese burger. Its uses are quite endless and – trust us – it’s even great just on its own with some charcuterie and a nice piece of crusty bread.
With its smooth even rind, its ivory consistency, its cherry-sized holes, and its distinctive nutty and tangy flavour, Emmentaler AOP is a genuine piece of Swiss nature and culture.
As with pretty much all of our cheese, this Emmental is 100% raw milk. It is produced in the accredited AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée; Protected Designation of Origin) region and has been matured for at least 4 months. The characteristic holes are formed as the cheese matures. The natural fermentation produces carbon dioxide which gathers in different places within the cheese and is unable to escape. For a hard cheese, the salt content at 0.5 g / 100 g is extremely low. Emmentaler AOP is lactose-free.
How we wrap your cheese
Freshness of your cheese is important to us. That’s why – unless noted differently in the description – we package all of our cheese in vacuum bags to help minimize travel impacts. However, we understand that some of you prefer cheese being wrapped in cheese wrap. This option is available to you for a small fee (it takes more time to package the cheese this way, that’s why we charge you a little bit more). Unless specifically noted in the description, all cheese will generally have a best before date of at least 14 days, vacuum packed cheese generally about 2 months. Please note that with cheese this is often only a guidance date and does not necessarily mean the cheese will be of lesser quality beyond that date. In fact many soft(er) cheeses are best kept close to or until after that date for maximum ripeness.
How the cheese gets to you
All Alpine Express cheese are shipped in environmentally friendlier, insulated cardboard boxes. The cheese is bolstered with recycled packing paper & kept cold with an food grade ice gel pack. It is shipped via Australia Post’s Express Post service. Please check if your delivery postcode is part of it, or see Australia Post’s Express Delivery Estimator (origin is ‘Brisbane Metro’). Customers residing in the Brisbane Metro area can also arrange a free pick-up from our prep kitchen at The Small Crop, Wynnum or choose the local courier service in which case dispatch and delivery will be on Thursdays (through same day delivery).
Unless noted otherwise, all Cheese Boxes are sent on Wednesdays with an order cut-off time at 9am (Sydney time) that day. You will get a tracking number to follow your parcel’s progress.