Cheese on demand!
Included in The Continental are SEVEN crowd-pleasing cheeses from some much loved Aotearoa cheese makers:
Over the Moon Dairy, Black Truffle Brie, a luscious buttery favourite made from high quality cow’s milk layered with black truffles giving a rich aromatic nutty or earthy taste.
Over the Moon Dairy, Camembert, made in Normandy style, a gentler and more ancient process than other modern camemberts with a slightly earthy aroma and taste and the mushroomy flavours.
Cartwheel Creamery, Blue Rhapsody, a beautifully structured and complex flavoured blue on the milder end of the spectrum with a delightful spicy pepper undertone.
Geraldine Cheese Co, Creamy Havarti, indulgently and decadently smooth and creamy on the palate, this mild, sweet, aromatic and pliable cheese has a subtle acidic tang.
Grinning Gecko, Halloumi (Ayrshire organic), designed to be cooked and is best served hot, this halloumi has a soft, creamy centre encased in a crunchy golden crust.
Over the Moon Dairy, Double Delight Cow and Goat Brie, the perfect combination of delicate goats milk and rich cows cream that melts in the mouth.
Over the Moon Dairy, Apollo Turmeric Brie, an exciting cheese with a soft white rind, a bright yellow paste and a well-balanced turmeric flavour that is subtle, aromatic and earthy.
Notes about dispatch and delivery
Orders for The Continental box will be dispatched on the first business dispatch day after order.
Order by 10am Tuesday for South Island and rural delivery by the weekend.
Order by 10am Wednesday for North Island delivery by the weekend.
Orders received after those times will be dispatched the first business day of the week following to ensure the arrival of quality products.
Buying as a gift?
Include the gift note in special instructions at check out and we’ll include your handwrite a note.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
Packed with ice and wool for insulation to ensure your cheese arrives in perfect condition.
Order our monthly boxes before 11.59pm on the first day of the month to receive our monthly cheese box.
Orders are packed and dispatched every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Delivery is between 1-3 days from dispatch
Orders received before 10am are dispatched within 2 business days for as follows:
Monday to Wednesday for South Island & Rural addresses;
Monday to Thursday for North Island addresses.
How does it work?
How does it work?
Order by the first of the month for this month’s box. Boxes are packed on ice and dispatched the second Tuesday of every month (exact dates below). Your box of goodness will arrive at your door within 1-3 business days. We email you prior to dispatch, to check there are no address changes so nothing will get between you and your cheese!
UPCOMING CHEESE BOX DATES:
April 2022 - boxes sent out Tuesday 12th April
Anytime Boxes - boxes sent out by the second business/dispatch day after it is ordered
The good news is that many cheeses can last up to a few weeks in the refrigerator as long as they are stored properly. The goal is to let the cheese breathe while keeping it from drying out, so your best bet is to wrap it in a finely porous material, such as cheese paper or baking paper, or breathable plastic wrap made especially for cheese. These wrappings control the amount of moisture around the surface of the cheese while still allowing oxygen to move in and out of the packaging. All of these factors make for a substantially longer lifespan in your fridge and retain the quality of the cheese.
By itself, regular plastic wrap does not allow breathability and should not be used to wrap cheese. Cheese is a living, breathing thing, and without proper oxygen, it will suffocate. In a pinch you can use aluminium foil, but if you're a regular cheese shopper, it might be worth it to invest in some specially designed cheese paper. Often these papers can be bought from specialty cheese stores.
That said, if you’ve bought a brie, camembert, or soft washed rind, wrap it back in the paper you bought it in, as the paper has tiny holes that let the cheese breathe at the best rate to maintain quality. Other than that, wrapping your cheese tightly in baking paper and then wrapping it loosely in plastic wrap or popping it in a snaplock box is a great way to store it. The baking paper helps keep the cheese from drying out, while the loose coating of plastic (or box) holds in some moisture, allowing airflow in and around the cheese.
Fresh cheeses like mozzarella and ricotta are made to eat within a day or two of purchase and will deteriorate markedly over time.
We haven’t had much success with waxed fabric wraps as the cheese tends to dry out too quickly. If you do use these wraps, make sure you consume the cheese within a day or two.
Storage for longer than a week: Although it’s ideal though to only buy what you can eat in a week, if you are intending on keeping your unwrapped cheese for longer than that, it's good practice to change the wrapping occasionally to prevent errant mould and bacteria growth. Cheese likes to be kept clean!
Blue cheese is a little different, given that special moulds are added to the curds to give them their signature spicy bite. These moulds have their own special needs. If you're storing a blue variety, feel free to wrap it in aluminium foil; in fact, you might have noticed that some of the blue cheeses you buy come wrapped in foil already.
YOUR VEGGIE DRAWER IS YOUR FRIEND
It's a good idea to keep cheese in your crisper (the drawer in your refrigerator made to store vegetables). These little drawers are actually somewhat climate-controlled to keep your veggies fresher for longer, and they perform the same function when it comes to keeping cheese.
Most hard, aged cheeses will last up to a month when kept properly, and softer semi-firm cheeses can last up to two to three weeks if conditions are ideal. If you notice a few spots of fuzzy white mould growing on your cheese, don't panic. Remember that cheese is fermented with a series of moulds and bacteria, so if you notice a little patch of extra mould here or there, it's perfectly safe to scrape it off. If the cheese has been completely overtaken by mould and especially if its black, well, it's probably best to toss it.
And, because someone always asks: please, best not to freeze, as the flavour and texture may well deteriorate.