Monthly Recap: February 2024


February may be the shortest month of the year, but this month certainly wasn't short on cheese information and education! We covered a variety of cheesy topics and even launched some new products. Here's a quick recap of everything we discussed this month:

If you wish you liked blue cheese but it's a bit too intense for you, there's no reason to feel blue! Try these monger-approved pairings to help make blue cheese more approachable and enjoyable. Plus, we included a brief history of blue cheese, and some stellar serving and storage tips. 

It's true - good cheese isn't cheap. But do you know why? Read our blog post that breaks down a cheese's journey from farm to cave to boat to cheese shop, and helps foster a better understanding of and appreciation for cheese that is absolutely worth the price tag. 

Need a unique gift idea for your special someone? While Valentine's Day may have passed, Tête de Moine rosettes are always a good alternative to roses for any occasion. Learn more about this historic Swiss cheese and how to serve it in this blog post. 

What is rennet, and what does it have to do with nursery rhymes? Check out this blog post that explains why rennet is so important to the cheesemaking process, and how to discuss rennet with your cheesemonger to select the cheese that is right for you. 

And finally, it's a Leap Year, so it's time to Leap into something new the next time you visit the cheese shop. This blog post outlines some of the most popular cheeses that customers ask for, and what you should ask for if you want to try something new. Remember - your cheesemonger is your friend and your best resource!

Thanks for joining us this month! Check back in March for more cheese serving tips, cheese facts & history, wrapping tutorials, and so much more. And don't forget to follow us on FacebookInstagramTikTok, and Youtube.  If you have any questions or want to suggest a topic for us to cover in the future, please email emilia@formaticum.com.


This Is How You Should Actually Store Your Cheese


This Is How You Should Actually Store Your Cheese
"While it can take some serious practice to achieve the crisp folds of experienced cheesemongers, think of your cheese as a little present, (which it is, obviously,) and wrap it as though you were using festive wrapping paper. 'You want the paper making contact with the piece of cheese,' says Montez, 'so crease as you go, and make sure all of the faces of the cheese are contacting the paper in an even, flat way.' If this seems at all intimidating, Formaticum also makes handy, cheese storage bags where no origami-level folding is required."

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For the Love of Cheeses


For the Love of Cheeses

"Mark Goldman, cheese enthusiast, founder and owner of Formaticum, is on a mission to educate retailers and the public about the importance of properly storing cheese, as a way to ensure the incredible amount of time, skill, and resources poured by cheesemakers into their product doesn’t go to waste. Goldman had been working in the cheese industry since 2004, but a trip to France the following year was what deepened his love affair with cheese, leading him to establish Formaticum in 2006. The company imports packaging from Europe that preserves cheese in the state the cheesemakers intended it to be consumed, as well as implements such as cheese knives and boards."

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For The Friend Who Loves To Cook


For The Friend Who Loves To Cook
Some folks love to make reservations, and others love to spend time and effort creating special meals straight from their kitchen.
For those friends who live for creating meal-time masterpieces, we've found the 17 best gifts to help them season, prep and garnish the season's dishes like a pro. Bon appetit!

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