At room temperature. When the cheese is too cold the flavor is muted and that’s not fun to eat. By allowing the cheese to come to room temperature, you’re essentially allowing the flavors to come out and join the party!
We guarantee all of our products. If for any reason, you or the recipient are not fully satisfied with your order, e-mail us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or hop on the chat within 48 hours of receipt, and we will promptly refund your money, re-ship/replace your order, or make other arrangements. We are available to take your call or “chat” between the hours of 9 – 4 pm CST, Monday through Friday. If reaching out after hours or over the weekend, please leave a voicemail and a team member will contact you as soon as possible.
If you believe that your order was damaged during transport, please take a photo of the original packaging (including the box the order was shipped in) so we may follow up with our shipper if needed.
It is normal and expected for the ice packs to be melted and the cheese to be warm upon arrival. Store your cheese in the fridge upon arrival for best quality. Remember, cheese is only dangerous to eat if it has spoiled or grown mold!
Mold is a vital part of cheesemaking, developing flavor and texture. Sometimes, mold can appear on the surface after packaging, especially as it’s been hanging out for nearly 2 decades. Grab a paring knife and scrape it down the side of the cheese where the mold is located. If there are any pockmarks of mold, take the paring knife and gently pick them out, so the mold doesn’t penetrate into the cheese any further. The cheese is still delicious after some trimming.
Proteins in the cheese release moisture as they age, which allows the cheese to reach the next stage of maturity. We recommend you open the package over the sink to drain the liquid, wipe off any excessive moisture, and then follow the above storage recommendations. Congratulations, you’re the proud owner of a fully mature, darn good cheddar.
In order to provide a safe and secure shopping experience, we’ve added a few layers of security to our payment processing system. That includes an AVS check that compares the billing address used in the transaction with the issuing bank’s address information on file for that cardholder, a CAPTCHA test, and a secure processing platform that hides all your credit card information.
All of our perishables are packed in heat-resistant insulated foam shippers and packed with harmless reusable ice packs. If you should also order dry goods, we neatly pack them in the shipper, enclosed in a sturdy corrugated container.
It typically takes one business day to receive and process your order, however, we carefully observe shipping times to limit the time our cheese spends in transit. Sometimes that means we hold backorders from shipping close to the weekend. The delivery clock starts once the package is picked up by the delivery service, not once you submit your order. The shipping method selected at checkout only applies to time in transit. If your order is listed as ‘processing’ on your tracking page, the shipping label has not been printed. Our fulfillment team holds certain orders to ensure and maintain product viability. Your tracking will show movement and update automatically once your package is in our carrier’s possession. Please note, processing times may be extended during the holiday season.
If you’re a registered customer at thebigcheese.com, you may track your order at any time by signing into your account. Simply navigate to My Order Details and click on the ‘Track Your Order’ button for a detailed summary of your shipment’s progress. If you do not have an account, you will be able to track your order through the tracking Information e-mail sent to the email address entered during the checkout process; this e-mail will be sent once the package has shipped.
When ordering from The Big Cheese your order is guaranteed to be handled with care and shipped with an eye toward ensuring the products arrive as fresh as possible. Each order is packed with keen diligence, and we take every precaution to assure that you or the gift recipient will receive our delicious products in prime condition. Cheese is an extremely robust food that has existed long before the advent of refrigeration, even predating recorded history. Our packing materials are heat resistant and the ice packs used to keep products cool until arrival. To rejuvenate cheeses to original cave conditions, simply place in your refrigerator upon arrival. You can rest assured knowing that we have taken the proper precautions to ensure that the products in your order arrive at the peak of freshness, requiring expedited shipping on products that necessitate more ample refrigeration.
If you are lactose intolerant it is important to know that most aged cheeses are safe for those with mild lactose intolerance to eat. Because lactose is primarily in the whey, and these are often discarded during the cheese-making process most of a cheese’s lactose is removed. Moisture is lost as cheese ages further expelling most remaining lactose, so cheeses that are aged longer and are harder in texture are best for those that are lactose intolerant.
Most of the cheeses and meats we carry are gluten-free. If you have a question about the nature of a specific product, please contact us via phone at 920-892-0678 or via e-mail at email@example.com for more information.