CHEESE CASE

Wisconsin Artisan & Imported Cheeses

We Know Cheese

Cheese Corner

 


At the heart of Larry’s is the cheese case – where you will find an impressive selection of Artisan cheeses made right here in Wisconsin. Small batch cheese carefully crafted from cow, goat and sheep’s milk make for a delightful treat or a unique addition to any cheese plate. You will also discover fine imported cheeses from France, Spain, Italy, Denmark and more.

Sampling cheese is a daily activity at the cheese counter – just ask!

 


Cheese Plates & Boards

Larry’s turns cheese into art. If you need a statement piece for a wedding, corporate event, or just a small, intimate get-together, Larry’s can help!

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Cheese of the Month

French & Swiss Raclette 

Raclette is a semi-hard cheese made on both sides of the French and Swiss Alps. Valais Raclette or Fromage a Raclette, as they are traditionally called, are made using ancestral methods with unpasteurised milk of cows grazing on the alpine meadows. The name Raclette comes from the French word ‘racler’, which means ‘to scrape’. The French variety has got a thin, brownish-orange coloured rind and the Swiss has a pale yellow rind. It is has a very distinctive pleasant, aromatic smell with a creamy texture, similar to Gruyere cheeses, which does not separate even when melted. The flavour can vary from nutty, slightly acidic to milky.

While Switzerland supplies 80% of Raclettes, French Raclettes are slightly softer with a smooth and creamy flavour. Raclette is also the name of a Swiss dish where the cheese is melted in front of a fire or a special machine and the melted parts are scraped onto diner’s plates. It is then served with small potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions and cured meat.

 

Larry’s stocks both French & Swiss varieties.
Click Here for our Raclette Days Dates
We also rent Raclette Machines-please inquire by calling 414-355-9650

Why Should You Buy Cheese at Your Local Cheese Counter?

As we are all constantly reminded, there are many choices when considering where to spend our limited money and time. We just wanted to share with you why we think buying cheese at your local cheese shop is the right choice!

1.Grocery stores do not cut-to-order cheese. Most local cheese shops cut all cheese to order. When you buy pre-wrapped cheese from a reach-in cooler at a grocery store, that cheese may have been sitting under plastic for up to 4 weeks. Cheese is a living product, and it degrades quickly. We suggest you try a taste test – compare the flavor of a piece of pre-wrapped cheese to the same cheese cut-to-order at a cheese counter. You will be amazed at the difference.

2.Large chains buy, ship, and handle cheese in bulk. The small pre-wrapped piece of cheese you pick up from a large chain just hasn’t gotten as much love as the little wedge from your local counter.

3.Small cheese shops carry higher quality cheese. Not all Parmigiano Regggiano and Goudas, for example, are created equally. Some are mass produced in factories, some are hand made in small batches. Your local cheese shops carry the good stuff, and we can tell you the stories. Try comparing some from different places if you are unsure.

4.True cheesemongers love cheese, know a lot about cheese flavors and pairing, and can tell you stories about your cheese. They can help you pick cheeses to plan a party, find new cheese with specific flavor characteristics, tell you whether cheeses are local, organic, farmstead, thistle rennet, how long they are aged, whether they are pasteurized… And if they don’t know the answer, you can be sure that your cheesemonger will immediately try to find out. You are not just buying cheese, you are working with a cheese consultant.

5.You can taste before you buy at your local cheese counter. If you don’t like it, try another!

6.Your locally owned and operated cheese shops keep as much money as possible in our local economy. Your local cheese counter carries more local and regional cheese and often buys these directly from the cheesemakers.

7.Price may not be as different as you think, but… Grocery stores and large chains certainly can often offer lower prices because of their lower labor costs (it takes more labor to cut-to-order and maintain cheeses in good health) and their buying power. However, cheese prices are constantly changing based on milk prices, shipping costs, fuel, and feed. It’s hard to directly compare prices between shops, especially because all cheese with the same names are not the same quality (see #3). But you will usually find that when comparing most shops, some prices are higher and some lower.

8.Shopping at a local cheese shop is fun. Local cheese shops smell good, and you will frequently find interesting characters hanging around. You hear better stories at your local cheese counter. It’s not just shopping, it is entertainment.

We think it’s worth the trip. We love local cheese counters, that’s why we are here! Please support us – we want to be here for a long time!

From a fantastic cheese store & cheese monger in Oregon.

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8737 N Deerwood Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53209

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