According to records kept in monasteries in the cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden, we understand that William Tell had tasted “Bratchäs”, as Raclette was still called at the time, in as early as 1291. In those days, Raclette cheese was melted on an open fire and the soft melted mass gradually stripped off onto a plate.
The younger generation has now taken over the knowledge and passion for the product. From the herbs found in the meadows north of the Alps, a unique product is made, that embodies Swiss tradition and culture. Raclette is a genuine piece of Switzerland.
This particular raclette originates from probably the best raclette producer in Switzerland in Sarnen, Canton Obwalden. It is ripened in a transformed WWII military bunker providing the ideal environment to mature cheese.
And in addition to the original one, this version contains the rather rare Tasmanian Mountain Peppercorns (Tasmannia lanceolata). These berries are sweet at first with a peppery aftertaste. The dried berries have high antioxidant activity and remain crunchy in the cheese making the melted version not just a unique superb in taste, but also fabulous in texture!
Mild to medium in taste, the Berghof raclette melts superbly well without any signs of grease when heated. It is also nice to eat on its own, unmelted.
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 10am (Sydney time) that day. You will get a tracking number to follow your parcel’s progress.