This holiday season, give the cheese connoisseurs in your life something they'll enjoy – Wisconsin Cheese. There are a myriad of ways to give the gift of cheese, but a customized Wisconsin Cheese basket offers delicious and savory options for every palate.
Several cheese-loving online stores offer pre-arranged assortments of Wisconsin Cheese.
Visit the Wisconsin Cheeseman at www.wisconsincheeseman.com for special cheese gifts such as:
- Cheese Flights: Select from five different cheese flights such as Aged Swiss, Smoked Gouda and Blue Cheese.
- Cheese Crate: Five premium cheeses freshly made in the heart of America's Dairyland. The wooden crate contains Aged Cheddar, Colby and Swiss Cheese, plus 7 oz. wheels of Edam and Smoked Gouda.
Head over to the Wisconsin Cheese Mart at www.wisconsincheesemart.com for more tasty cheese combinations:
- Vintage Cheddar Gift Crate: Give the gift of Cheddar with this array of 5-, 7-, 8-, 10- and 12-year Aged Cheddars.
- Beer Cheese Collection: This collection includes a selection of cheeses perfect for pairing with beer – from Smoked String Cheese to Spicy Monterey Jack with Habanero.
If you'd like to create your own gift basket, here are a few tips:
- Consider a theme – Try a flight of Aged Cheddars, an assortment of Wisconsin Originals, a taste of award winners, or a sample of flavorful Blues. Great gift baskets have a common theme that carries throughout.
- Keep it simple – Stick with three to five different types of cheese, with each piece weighing about half a pound. Make sure the cheeses are properly labeled and consider including any available literature about the cheeses or cheesemakers.
- Choose wisely – If you plan to ship the gift basket, select cheeses that will travel well. Look for semi-hard or hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and Gruyere. Avoid soft or fresh cheeses such as Brie.
- Experiment with accompaniments – A few well-chosen accompaniments can enhance any cheese gift basket. Add a local bottle of wine or beer, crackers, chutneys, dried fruits or chocolate.
- Make a lasting impression – Consider including a beautiful cutting board, cheese knife or cheese book that the recipient can enjoy long after the last piece of cheese has been consumed.
- Perfect the packaging – Be creative with how you package your cheese gift. Wicker baskets, wooden crates and large tins make gorgeous options for creating a gift, just be sure to select an appropriate size.
- Keep it cool – Remember to protect the flavor and appearance of the cheese by keeping the temperature at or below 45°F during travel. Consider packing the cheese in small cooler with frozen ice packs along with the gift basket.