Aux Arcs (pronounced “Ozark”) is a rustic, mountain style, hard cheese made with blended sheep and cow’s milk. The cheese highlights the wonderful flavors that develop using milk from animals raised on a diverse diet of grasses, legumes and forbs. It is a cooked and pressed hard cheese. It is aged at least 2 months, and during the first month the rind is washed with brine, after that the rind is allowed to develop, giving our Aux Arcs wheels a beautiful, natural rind with an earthy flavor. 4lb minimum for each wheel.
Whole wheels will last in your fridge indefinitely until they are cut. Cut wheels will grow a surface layer of mold on the cut edges that is easily washed or cut off.
Aux Arcs is milky and buttery with sweet pineapple notes, and hints of flowers. Its rind is evocative of damp earth and mushrooms. It pairs well with hoppy beers, and crisp, minerally white wines. It makes a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich, or mac and cheese and melts beautifully on steamed or baked potatoes.