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At the heart of Larry's Market is the cheese case, where the finest imported cheeses are displayed. French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Danish, Swedish, and more.


Please call for additional information about our cheese selection.

 


 

 ACS Member Update: Aging Cheese on Wood 
ACS supports cheese aging on wood, and on June 6 issued a Position Statement on the Safety of Cheese Aging on Wood in response to information from Monica MetzChief of FDA's Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch.

 

A subsequent statement was issued June 10 by Lauren Sucher, Press Officer for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, stating that: "The FDA does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any FSMA requirement in effect that addresses this issue. Moreover, the FDA has not taken any enforcement action based solely on the use of wooden shelves." In Sucher's statement, FDA also expressed an interest and willingness to engage with ACS and the artisan cheese community.

 

ACS has since been contacted by Kari Barrett, Advisor for Strategic Communications and Public Engagement, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. ACS was informed that FDA will be issuing a more detailed statement tonight or early tomorrow, and that FDA is not taking a hard stance from which they cannot back away. She mentioned that the initial statement from Ms. Metz was perhaps more definitive than intended, and that FDA would never take action without going through the normal regulatory steps including a public comment period. ACS does not have any further details on the content of FDA's forthcoming statement, but we will keep members apprised.

 

It is our understanding that FDA is primarily concerned with the use of wood in facilities that ripen softer cheeses on wood surfaces, and in facilities which test positive for environmental pathogens.  Wax-rind cheeses and cheeses with non-edible rinds seem to be less of a focus, and may be less likely to attract FDA scrutiny. We hope that FDA will consider all of the scientific research on the use of wood in aging cheese, and that meetings between ACS and FDA will expand the discussion to other safe materials and methods used in traditional cheesemaking.

 

ACS is delighted that FDA is open to considering a broader scientific perspective on the safe use of wood in cheese aging. All industry stakeholders should have a voice, and changes to the interpretation of regulation must take into account the diverse products, producers, and successful, safe models in common usage around the world.

 

  

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Contact your congressperson and encourage them to support their colleagues' Amendment to protect wood as a surface for aging and ripening cheese.
  • Join ACS in Sacramento and take part in important educational sessions and discussions on food safety, aging on wood, cheese microbiology, and more.
  • Donate now to the American Cheese Education Foundation to support efforts to educate cheesemakers, consumers, elected officials, regulators, and inspectors about the safety and deliciousness of artisan cheese.

 

Thank you to the entire cheese community for pulling together over this issue to share time, resources, information, contacts, and expertise. 

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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

Cheese Bar

6031 SE Belmont Street 

Portland, OR 97215

503-222-6014

info@cheese-bar.com



 

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Looking for new and different ways to round out your cheese trays?  Larry's has some wonderfully tasty accompaniments for cheese.

From Spain- Mittica Date Almond Cake and Fig Almond Cake.  Slice these into thin wedges, and serve with aged cheeses like the traditional pairing of Manchego, or try with Pleasant Ridge, Cave Aged Marissa or Brebis.  These cakes are made only of dates or figs and Marcona almonds. 

Also from Spain-Mittica Membrillo, Quince paste.  Again a traditional favorite with aged Spanish cheeses, try this with some of our new American originals.

From Croatia-Damatia Fig Spreads.  Try with crackers and goat cheese, delicious on warmed brie, or make a grilled cheese with chevre and fig spread on sourdough.  Available in Original or Fig Orange Spread.

Fondue and Raclette

Now is the perfect time for fondue and raclette.  Larry's has ready made cheese fondue in packages, just heat & serve. 

Larry's carries Swiss and French Raclette Cheese, and has all the "traditional fixings" for raclette. Red potatoes, French bread, cornichons, pickled onions, sausage, prosciutto, serrano ham or smoked beef. 

Don't have a fondue pot or raclette machine?  Larry's rents both for $7.50/weekend.

Gift Packs of Cheese

Send a gift of cheese to your friends, family and clients.  Gift packs start at 25.00, shipping exluded.

Larry's selection of Artisan Wisconsin Cheeses makes a wonderful gift for any cheese lover.  Call for details.

 


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