Birchwood has been traditionally used in cheese preservation for hundreds of years. Its bark has been wrapped as a belt around soft cheeses for even ripening and added woodsy flavor, and has been made into barrels for the aging of Greek Feta. It’s also been used during the smoking of Idiazabal cheese. Most importantly, birch has been used as shelves for aging in caves. Its tight surface is slower to absorb and release moisture, making it excellent for long-term storage. The finished birch featured in this model is sustainably made, and non-toxic. The finish on the birch makes it mold and stain resistant, both in the interior and exterior.
The Grotto Mezzo is a one-shelf size that fits up to 2 pounds of cheese of varying sizes and styles. With a base of 7 inches by 9 inches and a height of 6 inches, the Grotto Mezzo is an ideal storage solution for serving and storing cheeses throughout the week. The back panel is breathable, making for a perfect climate for simple, long-term storage of wedges and wheels of cheese in the refrigerator or short term storage on the kitchen counter.
For more advanced models for the connoisseur, check out the Grotto Classico and the Grotto Fresco. Summary
Smaller footprint than the Cheese Grotto Classico and Cheese Grotto Fresco
Choice of shelf material (Bamboo or Writable Black Resin Board with soapstone chalk)
Choice of frame material (finished baltic birch or finished walnut, both stain-resistant)
1 handcrafted clay brick for humidity control
Holds up to 2 pounds of cheese
Bamboo and birch do not warp
Genuine leather tab with copper mount
Plexi-glass paneling for easy viewing
Sliding door is easy to open and close in the refrigerator
Breathable back panel
Made in the USA (New York)
Use & Care
For long term storage of cheese, it is recommended to keep the Cheese Grotto at refrigeration temperatures (34ºF to 39º F, preferably 39ºF). For 7 to 10 days, you can store cheese in the Grotto under 70ºF, like the French do.
Hand wash bamboo shelf with extremely hot water and a splash of distilled white vinegar. Black shelf is dishwasher safe.
Allow the Grotto shelves to air dry between uses
For maintenance of the bamboo shelf, a monthly application of mineral oil is recommended
9 inches deep, 7 inches wide, 6 inches tall
Materials designed for durability Disclaimer
Wood has the potential to harbor bacteria and pathogens if not cleaned properly and regularly.
Though Cheese Grotto’s Jessica Sennett is an expert at bringing out cheese’s best flavors, she is not an expert in food safety and she does not offer any opinion about food safety. New York Department of Health regulations requires restaurants to store cheese at a temperature below 45 degrees F, except for up to two hours during preparation for food service. Nothing in Cheese Grotto’s materials, including statements regarding the shelf life of cheese, is intended to (and the materials should not be interpreted to) conflict with food safety regulations and recommendations.
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Cheese Grotto Mezzo
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