Prairie Tomme Sheep Milk Cheese
Rustic Sheep Cheese Modeled After Paski Sir or Manchego
Prairie Tomme is a rustic, mountain style, hard sheep cheese modeled after Paski Sir or Manchego cheese. The curd is cut very small and slowly cooked and then pressed, resulting in a lower-moisture sheep cheese. It is aged at least four months, during which the rind is washed with brine. This creates a beautiful, natural rind with an earthy flavor.
We cut a 4 pound wheel into 4 ounce wedges for you. If you’d like to purchase a whole wheel of Prairie Tomme, click here.
Try purchasing Prairie Tomme in one of our cheese collections!
Prairie Tomme Sheep Milk Cheese Profile
This sheep milk cheese is nutty and caramel-y, with hints of brown butter. Its rind is evocative of grass and minerals with a heavy wet clay aroma.
What Pairs Well With Prairie Tomme?
This 100% sheep milk cheese pairs well with Belgian style Ales and Lagers, Pinot Noir or Burgundy reds, Spanish chorizo, and pears. Prairie Tomme also creates a scrumptious cheese soup or grilled cheese sandwich.
Recipes to Try With Prairie Tomme Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Prairie Tomme Carbonara
Our aged sheep cheese is perfect for grating over this cozy pasta.
Leek and Pea Risotto
Top this versatile dish with one of our favorite sheep cheeses, Prairie Tomme.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my sheep’s milk cheese age before I receive it?
Our hard cheeses will age for at least two months before being shipped. This process ensures your cheese is fully developed and flavorful upon arrival. Our Prairie Tomme Reserve is an exception — it ages for at least two years before being shipped for an extra delicious flavor!
How long does sheep milk cheese last?
All of your cheeses are ready to eat as soon as you receive them! Wedges of hard sheep’s milk cheese should be eaten within two weeks of being cut. However, if you spot some mold, it is safe to scrape it off and eat the remaining cheese. Make sure to store your cheese in the refrigerator to preserve freshness.
How should I prepare my sheep’s milk cheese?
Take your cheese out of the refrigerator about an hour before you want to eat it, letting it reach room temperature before you dive in.
Can you eat the rind on sheep’s milk cheese?
Yes, the rinds on our aged cheeses are safe to eat! If you prefer not to eat the rind, be sure to eat the part just under it — that’s where the most flavor is.
Can you freeze sheep’s milk cheese?
While it’s possible, we don’t recommend freezing cheese to preserve it. It can damage the texture and flavor of the cheese.
Can I ship my order as a gift?
Absolutely — artisan sheep cheeses make the best care package or gift! Let us know at checkout that your order is a gift by checking the appropriate box and filling out the recipient’s information. You can write a gift message if you’d like, which we’ll put in a card and send it with the order!
How do you ship cheese safely?
Once your order is received, we prepare for it to be shipped to you promptly! To keep your cheese cool during its journey, we place ice packs wrapped in wax paper in the shipping box. We include a layer in a paper fill to cushion the cheese and absorb any condensation. Finally, your cheese is packed in its own smaller box and placed inside! The shipping box is labeled clearly as perishable and it’s ready to head your way.
Do you offer returns or refunds if my order is lost or damaged?
Don’t worry about returning a damaged perishable item — we will absolutely replace your order if it arrives damaged or becomes lost!
How long will it take for my order to reach me?
It depends when you order and where you’re located! Currently, we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you order later than noon on Tuesday, we may wait until the following week to send your shipment. The same goes for orders with overnight shipping selected. Your cheese is perishable, and we want to ensure it gets to you safely! Read more about our shipping policy here.
Our ground shipping zone is an approximate 900-mile radius around our dairy farm in Weston, Mo. If you live within our ground shipping zone, your shipment will take one to two days and you’ll receive free shipping on any order of at least $50.00. If you live outside of our shipping zone, we’ll ensure you get two-day shipping, which will be free on orders of at least $150.00.