A Revolution In Cheese Storage

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SPREAD THE CURD AND JOIN THE CHEESE REVOLUTION!

To stave off the untimely death of innocent cheese wedges everywhere and offer comfort to enthusiasts who love them, I came up with a game-changing home storage and preservation solution that blends my passion for cheese with innovation. I call my device the Cheese Grotto ™ and it's my cheese expert approved, shrine to the almighty curd!

A HUMIDOR FOR THE ULTIMATE CHEESE LOVER.

The first of its kind in America, and handmade in Richmond, Virginia with the highest quality materials, my patent pending Cheese Grotto ™ can be enjoyed with friends and family for a lifetime. It's time to store your specialty cheese with integrity.

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I WANTED A WAY TO STORE MY CHEESE THAT REFLECTED THE BEAUTIFUL YEARS I SPENT ON FARMS WITH ANIMALS AND WITH THE MILK.

As a cheese specialist with over a decade of experience apprenticing and working with some of the best cheese makers in the U.S. and France, I take my cheese and its storage very seriously. That's because natural cheese, like wine, needs to be stored and aged in a climate that allows it to ripen to its full potential. But after searching the consumer market, I was increasingly frustrated by limited eco-friendly cheese storage options and plastic wrap quick-fixes.

And... I'm also not alone in my need for a better solution. Americans are investing more time buying specialty cheeses, but more often than not, their cheese is highly compromised once it reaches their refrigerator. In fact, when a specialty cheese is shrouded in plastic wrap, it will become suffocated in the fridge. Gasp! I know... people have no idea that they are asphyxiating their beloved cheese.

Considering everything I know, I kept going back to the same thought, “If you’re going to spend the money and time on specialty cheeses, you need the right climate to preserve your investment.” With that, I set out to design a home storage and preservation device that would change the cheese industry.

MY CONCEPT AND CONSTRUCTION ARE BASED ON AN AGE OLD SCIENCE FOR PRESERVING CHEESE AND HAD TO HIT A NUMBER OF CRITICAL MARKS TO BRING MY VISION TO REALITY.

From drawings to renderings to prototypes, I spent over two and half years of research and development in a Brooklyn design and fabrication studio perfecting a modern cheese humidor or a humidity regulated box that would allow cheese to breathe without drying out. My concept and construction are based on an age old science for preserving cheese and had to hit a number of critical marks to bring my vision to reality.

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I had to consider not only its aesthetic and form, but also run a series of tests to determine what conditions needed to be adjusted for ideal storage conditions. The question I posed to myself: how do I make the most all-inclusive cheese storage device for the home? It needs to be flexible in how many cheeses it can hold, it needs to be designed for an average fridge or counter top, and it needs to cultivate and preserve a vast variety of cheeses' flavors and texture.

THROUGH IT ALL, I JUST KEPT REMINDING MYSELF THAT QUALITY TAKES TIME.

Designed in conjunction with an engineer and an industrial designer, my Cheese Grotto has a vaulted ceiling to keep condensation from dripping on contents by directing any droplets to the sides. Complete with humidity and airflow controls found inside a glass and bamboo frame, my unique design protects against the harsh air conditions in a refrigerator and cultivates a perfect microclimate for the cheese. Simply put the cheese inside and watch it age to perfection.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

Once a week, the clay brick humidor is submerged in water for two minutes...

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... and then placed inside the bottom of the Grotto.

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Wedges and wheels of cheese are stored directly on the shelves.

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AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE CHEESE GROTTO

jessi-about-2Where do you manufacture your product?

We manufacture our product in Richmond, Virginia. The Grotto is made by EcoSupply and the clay brick piece is made by Lee Hazelgrove Ceramic Designs.

How do you source your materials?

We prioritize sourcing materials that are natural, green, and good for the environment.

What is your Exchange Policy?

You can exchange any unworn, unwashed or defective merchandise by first contacting us.

What is your Return Policy?

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

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