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Parmigiano-Reggiano - Winter Milk (80 lbs - whole wheel)

Parmigiano-Reggiano - Winter Milk (80 lbs - whole wheel)
Product Code: 5178
Unit of Measure:EACH
Our Price: $1,699.00


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SOLD OUT - Scheduled to ship December 17, 2013

80 pound (quarter wheel) of Winter Milk Parmigiano-Reggiano - Italy
Price includes shipping

Winter Milk Cheese is typically available in the late Winter. We announce availability in our weekly newsletter, once we have a firm shipping date. Feel free to check back or call for an update. If you would like to place a pre-order or order larger pieces than 80 pounds, please feel free to call us. Supplies are always limited.

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This very special treat from a hand selected mountain farm located in the Mountains of Apennine of Italy, that creates some of the finest Parmigiano-Reggiano we've tasted.

For details about ordering and shipping, please scroll down.

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This cheese is aged over 36 months and is a very special treat, so place your order now to reserve your wedge. We sell out of our especially selected wheels of cheese quickly.

Winter Parmigiano-Reggiano:
One way in which Parmigiano-Reggiano differs is by the season during which it is started. This is a Winter cheese, which meaning that it was begun during the winter months when the cows are feed a higher concentration of dry hey. Parmigiano-Reggiano is also made at other times of year, and each of them have their merits.

Winter Parmigiano-Reggiano is lighter in color than cheese from other times of the year, and has a much mellower flavor and smoother texture. Of all the seasons, the Winter Parmigiano-Reggiano is the most able to be eaten straight by the chunk, without grating. Although, just like other seasons, it is amazing grated as well.

Tasting notes:
Fine quality mountain Parmigiano-Reggiano should have a sweet, fresh flavor with a long, well-rounded finish. There should be no sharpness or powdery dryness, even with the older cheeses. Since it has been aged over 30 months, it will be dryer than the younger cheese, with a more crumply and grainy texture. There should be some crunchy crystals.

Serving suggestions:
We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do - try chunks of it drizzled with your favorite Balsamic, in Linguine with Prosciutto, Butternut Squash Risotto, or Orange, Beet and Parmigiano-Reggiano Salad. Try slicing it in wide thin strips or chunks to make the flavor of this cheese sing.

Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds are a hidden treasure! Use them in soups like you would meat bones for wonderful added flavor - especially nice for vegetarians. And no worries about wax or chemicals - it's just cheese.

The arrival of a glorious chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano is a perfect reason to plan a small food gathering of friends. Or buy a quarter wheel for a truly extravagant party!

***SPECIAL ORDERING DETAILS and STORAGE INFO***

Sizing and Additional Pricing Information
Each piece of cheese weighs approximately 80 lbs, but sizes may vary. We may adjust your price based on the actual size of your piece.

Order Cancellation Policy:
This is a fresh item that we have to special-order in advance. Therefore, we will charge a 22% restocking fee on any order canceled.

Shipping Details:
Shipping is included in the price. 2.5 to 10 pound orders are priced to shipped via UPS 2-day. 20 to 80 pound orders are shipped via UPS ground unless otherwise noted. If you would like to upgrade to UPS 2-day on larger orders, additional shipping charges will apply.

If you order other items at the same time, we may ship those separately via your preferred shipping method at our regular shipping charge.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:
Parmigiano-Reggiano will last for months when properly stored. Additionally, the larger the piece of cheese, the lower the cost per pound, and the longer it should last!

* Keep cheese tightly wrapped in a zip-close plastic bag with all the air squeezed out.

* Only grate or slice the cheese as you use it. Re-wrap remaining cheese tightly with wax paper, and return it to the zip-close bag.
* If your piece begins to dry out, wrap it in slightly damp cheesecloth or paper towel, and then wrap it in plastic wrap or put it back in its zip-close bag.
* Store the cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator.
As soon as it is cut, Parmigiano-Reggiano begins to lose some of its flavor. (That's why you should always grate it yourself, rather than buying pre-grated.) Unlike some retailers who cut entire wheels up at once and put them on display for weeks at a time, we cut the cheese the day before it is shipped to you!

Note About Gift Orders:
During the holiday season, PDF Cheese Certificates as emailed to purchaser within 24-48 hours of ordering. The certificate indicates to whom the Parmigiano-Reggiano is being sent, as well as who the gift is from. If there is no separate ship-to name and address, the "to" section of the certificate will be left blank, so that you can print it and fill it out however you wish. If you need us to mail a physical certificate to the gift recipient, please let us know. In all cases, the more information we have about what you would like to see on the certificate, and where you want the certificate to be sent, the better.

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