FEATURED CHEESE OF THE MONTH
ARTISAN TAKE ON AN AMERICAN CLASSIC
Face Rock takes twice as long as big cheese companies to make its Monterey Jack. Why? We don’t want our cheese to ever fit in the commodity cheese mold, so we skip the shortcuts and enjoy the long road to quality. Our cheese is made from Oregon milk that has a higher fat content than can be found in co-op milk. The result is smooth meltability, a rich texture, and more flavor.
HOW IT’S MADE
Monterey Jack is a “Stirred Curd” cheese. As opposed to cheddar, Jack curds are stirred from beginning to end and never get any larger than the size of a pea. The curds bathe in whey to develop the classic Jack flavor before being washed with water to give the cheese more moisture. A second resting period, which many cheesemakers skip, allows our cheese to achieve a richer Jack flavor.
Our Monterey Jack is a semi-firm, sweet, creamy, mild American Classic. This Jack is high in moisture which makes it perfect for melting and cooking.
WHAT TO PAIR IT WITH
Firm and flavorful crisp apples, grapes, Bing cherries and Anjou pears won’t overwhelm this more subtle cheese. Dried fruit like apricots and cranberries, and lightly salted nuts enhance Jack’s sweetness, while hot peppers complement the creamy Jack texture.
Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy, Zinfandel, Red Blends, Port,
& Young Tawny Port
White Wines: Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Dry Riesling,
We’ve blended Jalapeno and Sweet Red Peppers into our creamy Monterey Jack and came up with a Pepper Jack that is out of this world! Creamy and smooth yet spicy, hot, and sweet this Pepper Jack will rock your tastebuds!
Our 12 Month Aged Cheddar is creamy with a slight nutty flavor. It is a medium cheddar, full of creamy, cheddary flavor~ yet without the bite you’ll find in the sharper versions. Low in moisture, our Cheddar is great on its own or with your favorite foods.