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Vieux Chimay Aged Hard Cheese

November 11, 2015 in What's New

The vieux (French for “old”) in the name of this cheese might refer to a number of things...
 It could refer to the old Rule to which the Trappist monks who make this cheese adhere—a strict way of living founded by Benedict of Nursia that goes back as far as the 5th century. Or, vieux could refer to the long number of years (since 1876) that the monks of the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium have been making cheese for their livelihood and to support local...

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Abondance Cheese

October 14, 2015 in What's New

Trader Joe’s has almost always carried an abundance of cheese, but as of today, we can finally say we also carry Abondance Cheese—which is almost the same, but different. In French, abondance literally means “abundance,” yet we are not talking about a ‘large amount of something.’ The topic here is a classic curd crafted at the foot of the French Alps since at least as far back as the 14th century when monks from the Abbey of Abondance presented it at the election of the Pope in Avignon—making a name for themselves, and even more so for their...

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Brigante Cheese

August 05, 2015 in What's New

Sometimes you crave a cheese with a bold profile that is strong-flavored and complex; aged to bring out all the curd-complexities that warrant an attentive palate. And then there are other times when you just crave something simpler. Trader Joe’s Brigante Cheese is a cheese with a more subtle profile, but one that at the same time produces a deeply satisfying cheese-eating experience. Brigante (bree-GAHN-tay) is made for us on the Island of...

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Formaggio Lagorai

July 03, 2015 in What's New

Imagine finding an antique wooden spoon with some writing on the back of it. Upon closer examination, you find this flat, wide spoon to have small drain holes. It’s a very old cream skimmer. Then, you realize that the message on the back is actually a recipe—step-by-step directions for making farmhouse cheese, exactly the way it was done by an anonymous dairy farmer who lived years ago in the Eastern Italian Alps. If you were to follow that recipe, you would end up with...

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Radio - Discovery, Fun, Value, Cheese

June 19, 2015 in Radio Spots

Have you seen our Spotlight Cheeses? Every month, we find a new and interesting cheese with a distinct point of view and an excellent price. Some come from exotic locations – like the Isle of Man. Or Utah. Some are crafted with the first spring milk from grass fed cows. Some have been made just for us by small, farmstead cheesemakers. And they’re all...

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Spring Premier Cheddar Cheese

June 03, 2015 in What's New

Every year, springtime presents a number of “firsts.” There are those showers that, for the first time in months, dampen the earth with unfrozen droplets. When the clouds break, the sun peeks through, bringing the first of many warmer days to come. Happily, the first blooms arrive—fruit blossoms, rosebuds, and all the bright colorful flowers—colorizing the green scene. Then, there’s the first cheese of spring, of which our Spring Premier Cheddar is first-rate example. This cheese was conceived...

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Aged Mahòn Cheese

April 08, 2015 in What's New

Menorca is a Mediterranean island situated between Spain and Sardinia. With more than 600 farms related to the dairy industry, Menorca is a prolific cheese producer. All of the cow’s milk cheese made on the island is called Mahón (Mah-HONE), named after the capital city and main port. We think our Trader Joe’s Aged Mahón Cheese is one of the most flavorful Mahóns available—and it’s our April Spotlight Cheese.Trader Joe’s Mahón has been...

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Isle of Man Cheddar with Scallions & Roasted Onions

March 06, 2015 in What's New

Dairy has been produced on the tiny Isle of Man since Viking times, but it wasn’t until after World War I that a dairy-farmer co-op was formed around the economic challenges posed by post-war politics. This co-op of over forty family-owned dairy farms still exists today as the “Isle of Man Creamery.” Our new Isle of Man Vintage Cheddar with Scallions and Roasted Onions also exists today because of...

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6 Year Aged Cheddar Cheese

December 12, 2014 in What's New

Last year, we partnered with a renowned Vermont cheese cooperative to present a Cheddar that had been aged for five years. It was a revelation. Mature in all the best possible ways, we knew this cheese could improve even more if aged under the right conditions. When we went back to the cheesemaker with our thoughts, we discovered that they’d already had the same thought, and had set aside considerable quantities for more extensive aging. Luckily for us, we got first crack at it, and luckily for you...

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